Federal Public Lands
Federal public lands are managed for “multiple use” to provide clean water, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, as well as timber. National Forests cover about 16 million acres (about 25%) of Oregon. These 10 Forests are managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 15.7 million acres of land in Oregon – much of it high desert. In Oregon, within the Northwest Forest Plan area, there are 7.1 million acres of National Forests managed by the U.S. Forest Service and 2.6 million acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Learn more about current threats to our public forests, where to explore, and how to get involved.
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) manages about 821,000 acres of forest land in the state, on six large State Forests and some other scattered lands. Learn more about the Tillamook & Clatsop State Forests in the northern Coast Range, the Elliott State Forest in the central Coast Range, and other State Forest management issues.
Private timber lands are generally managed for timber production, with short rotation clearcutting the dominant practice. In Western Oregon, there are 7.3 million acres of private timber land. The vast majority of Oregon’s harvested timber comes from these lands. Learn more about how these forests are managed.