Nine Oregon Forest Facts that will Wow Your Friends . . .

Driving anywhere in Oregon (well, most anywhere ), you will see trees. Oregon knows how to keep itself green and the Oregon Forest Industry Council has provided us with these cool facts (especially like #2).

  1. With more than 63 million acres, Oregon is the ninth-largest U.S. state. Nearly half the state, over 30 million acres, is forestland.
  2. There has been virtually no net loss of Oregon’s 30 million acres of forestland throughout its recorded history.
  3. Oregon is the number one lumber producer in the U.S. accounting for 18% of total U.S. softwood lumber production.
  4. Wood products make up 47% of all raw materials used in manufacturing in the U.S. Nearly 100% of a log can be used to make lumber and other consumer products.
  5. Oregon was the first state to adopt a law governing forest practices and the protection of forest resources including water, fish, wildlife, soil and air.
  6. Oregon forestland owners must adhere to some of the strictest environmental standards in the world through compliance with the Oregon Forest Practices Act.
  7. The state’s forest sector employs approximately 57,000 Oregonians with an annual payroll of $2.1 billion.
  8. The 60% of Oregon’s forestland that is owned by the federal government contributes on 12% to Oregon’s total timber harvest.
  9. The 35% of Oregon’s forest that is privately owned accounts for 76% of Oregon’s timber harvest

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