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Economic Benefits Associated with Federal Forest Restoration

Photo of Forest Service staff and the Lakeview Stewardship Group discuss post treatment monitoring in the West Drews project area in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Oregon. Eric White, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Forest Service staff and the Lakeview Stewardship Group discuss post treatment monitoring in the West Drews project area in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Oregon. Eric White, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Snapshot : Federal forest restoration and forest collaboration support increased economic activity in eastern Oregon. The Oregon Department of Forestry used these findings to inform implementation of the Federal Forest Health Program, and the Oregon’s Federal Forest Working Group, organized by the Governor’s Office, invited the scientists to present their research.

Principal Investigators(s) :
White, Eric M.  
Research Location : Oregon
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2016
Highlight ID : 1179

Summary

Increasing the pace, scale, and quality of federal forest restoration is a current focus in Oregon. Two key efforts are the Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region’s Eastside Strategy and Oregon’s Federal Forest Health Program funded by the state legislature. These efforts committed millions of dollars to expand federal forest restoration in eastern Oregon, particularly in the Blue Mountains. Forest Service social scientists assessed the effect of these programs and found that in 2014, timber sale volumes from eastern Oregon national forests were 5 percent greater than the annual average over the prior 5 years, and federal forest spending on contracts for restoration work increased 1 percent compared to spending in the last decade. This resulted in more than 1,800 full and part-time jobs in eastern Oregon related to federal forest restoration in 2014; more than 850 of those jobs were in the Blue Mountains region.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Region 6 State and Private Forestry
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Oregon