Economic Benefits Associated with Federal Forest Restoration
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.
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