October 12, 2017
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Oregon celebrates Forest Products Oct. 15-21
PORTLAND, Ore. – Gov. Kate Brown has declared Oct. 15-21 as “Oregon Forest Products Week” in recognition of Oregon’s leadership in manufacturing wood products, developing innovative wood products, and designing and constructing tall wood buildings.
In a signed proclamation, Brown calls on all Oregonians to join in observance of the weeklong celebration of forest products grown and manufactured in Oregon. The declaration coincides with National Forest Products Week, celebrated the third week of October every year. The national event recognizes the many products that come from forests, the people who work in or manage forests, and the businesses that make the forest products we use in our everyday lives.
Forest Products Week has particular significance in Oregon, because for decades the state has not only been the nation’s leader in wood products manufacturing but also forest productivity, forestry education and research, says Timm Locke, director of forest products at the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI). Funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax, OFRI was created by the Oregon Legislature to advance public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products.
Oregon is also now leading a growing movement to build taller and larger buildings with wood, for environmental, social and economic reasons, Locke adds. “With its innovative spirit and sustainable forest resources, Oregon has become the epicenter of the most significant disruption of building technology since steel and concrete altered urban skylines.”
In the proclamation, Brown highlights that Oregon’s forest sector contributes more than $12 billion annually to the state’s economy and employs more than 60,000 Oregonians. She notes that the state’s forest protection and land-use laws ensure Oregon’s abundant forests are sustainably managed to provide countless benefits to Oregonians. These include clean air and water, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, scenic beauty, forest products, and employment and tax revenue for local communities, counties and the state of Oregon.
During the 2017 Oregon Forest Products Week, OFRI and partner organizations will host a series of public events related to forest products and sustainable forest management:
- The Future of Tall – This new OFRI-sponsored exhibit about tall wood buildings and mass timber construction is currently on display at the World Forestry Center’s Discovery Museum, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland. More information.
- The Hagenstein Lectures – The World Forestry Center and Society of American Foresters will host a free lecture series from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 in Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland. It will feature emerging voices in forestry, all under the age of 45, discussing, among other topics, the role of sustainable forest products in the green building movement. More information.
- Critical Mass (Timber) Meetup – The TallWood Design Institute, a collaboration between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, will host its inaugural meetup from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch St., Portland. The kickoff event will be an informal gathering of professionals interested in building bigger, taller and smarter with wood. More information.
- Forest Carnivores and their Habitats: A Focus on Fisher, Marten and Fox – This free one-day workshop sponsored by OFRI and other partners will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Linn County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany. It will focus on forest carnivores, their habitats and ways to manage forests for wood production while also protecting these species that play a key role in the ecosystems they inhabit. More information.
OFRI kicked off this year’s celebration of Oregon forest products with an early-October tour of mass timber buildings in the Portland area. More than 50 elected and appointed officials, policymakers and others viewed four buildings that have either been completed or are under construction in Hillsboro and Portland, and heard from architects and developers about the desirability of using advanced wood products to build commercial structures.
About the Oregon Forest Resources Institute:
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute was created by the Oregon Legislature to advance public understanding of forests, forest management and forest products, and to encourage sound forestry through landowner education. A 13-member board of directors governs OFRI. It is funded by a portion of the forest products harvest tax.