The Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) in 1991 to advance public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products and to encourage sound forestry through landowner education. OFRI is governed by a 13-member board of directors and is funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax. OFRI’s nine-member staff develops programs, publications and information-rich websites for the general public, family forest landowners and kindergarten through grade 12 teachers and students. OFRI helps the public understand the social, environmental and economic importance of Oregon’s forests, and the environmental benefits of forest products. The institute does this through its educational advertising and websites as well as through producing topical publications, videos and speaker presentations. OFRI is headquartered in Portland and has a satellite office and 15-acre demonstration forest at The Oregon Garden in Silverton.
Mailing Address: 317 SW 6th Ave., Suite 400, Portland 97204
Contact: Paul F. Barnum, Executive Director
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS 526