Forest Resources

Kids walking from the Yert at Klamath Outdoor Science School

Our vision is to provide youth with an exciting and unique experience in a natural setting that inspires learning through exploration and instills an appreciation for the unique resources of the region.



Virtual Tour of a Steam Powered Sawmill
The Hull-Oakes Sawmill, near Corvallis, Oregon, employs over 100 people and it is the last steam-powered commercial sawmill in the country. Download a virtual tour of the mill that shows how a tree is processed into lumber start to finish. Pictures and videos were taken during an actual tour of the mill and are presented here in an easy to use slideshow. This is a great lesson for grades 6-12.

Download Virtual Tour Presentation with Videos (Microsoft Powerpoint .pps Version)

Download Virtual Tour Presentation without Videos (Adobe .pdf Version)

Forest Monitoring Equipment InstructionsKids Studing Forest Plants
OSU's Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center offers Forest Monitoring Kits for checkout. In addition, we have created instructions for using common forest measuring devices such as densiometers, logger tapes, compasses, increment borer, clinometer, and more. You can download these instructions in .pdf by clicking on the title above.

Other Web Resources

Oregon Forest Resource Institute (OFRI)

The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) in 1991 to improve public understanding of the state's forest resources and to encourage environmentally sound forest management through training and other educational programs for forest landowners. OFRI is funded by a dedicated harvest tax on forest products producers.

OSU Oregon Forestry Education Program (OFEP)
OFEP's Mission is to educate Oregonians about forests and forest resources and to prepare them to make informed decisions, exhibit responsible behavior, and take constructive action concerning the future of Oregon's forests.

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF): Fire in the Forests
The fire program's main purpose is to protect 15.8 million acres (24,700 square miles) of private and public forestland from fire. The acreage protected includes 3.5 million acres of "wildland-urban interface", which are forest lands with residences and other structures within the reach of wildfire in that area. This is done through a complete and coordinated system of fire prevention, suppression and fuels management.

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