The Oregon Department of Forestry released a report to state forest trust land counties highlighting economic, environmental and social accomplishments in fiscal year 2021, including distributing $2.38 million in revenue to Benton, Lincoln and Polk counties.
Scattered tracts of state forestland in the three counties combine for about 29,979 acres of Board of Forestry lands, which by law must provide economic, environmental and social benefits.
Statewide, counties and local governments received revenues of $71.4 million in fiscal year 2021, collected from timber sales on state-owned forests. Revenues are distributed based on timber sales within a particular jurisdiction. Other highlights include replanting more than 3 million trees, hosting more than 11,000 campers at ODF campgrounds and maintaining about 230 miles of trail.
Counties and local service providers receive approximately 64% of net revenues from timber harvests on state forests. The remaining revenues finance most aspects of state forest management, including ODF’s recreational offerings, environmental enhancement projects, replanting after timber harvest and forest road maintenance. The state’s share of revenue was approximately $42.8 million in fiscal year 2021. The agency also receives a portion of all-terrain vehicle operating permit fees.
Storm cleanup at the Black Rock Mountain Bike Area near Falls City was a major project for ODF staff during this fiscal year. The winter storm of February 2021 caused substantial damage to trees throughout the area, and crews spent much of the summer removing hazardous trees and ensuring this popular area is safe for recreation.
“State forests provide immense social, environmental and economic benefits, not just for communities around state-managed forestlands, but for all Oregonians,” State Forester Cal Mukumoto said through a news release. “As working lands, state forests generate essential revenue for rural communities, while also providing clean water for Oregonians, habitat for threatened and endangered species, and a place for people to reconnect with nature.”
State forests managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry are distributed across 15 counties, with the largest being the Clatsop and Tillamook state forests on the north coast, the Santiam State Forest in the northern Cascade Range, and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass state forests in Klamath County. Other scattered tracts can be found throughout western Oregon. Many State Forests employees also are part of Oregon’s complete and coordinated fire protection system, providing critical resources and expertise during fire season.