Online atlas maps out Oregon's forests

Online atlas maps out Oregon's forests
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Did you know that nearly half of the state of Oregon is covered in forest? Have you ever wondered how much of it is owned by the federal government? How about how much has been damaged by wildlife, insects or diseases?

Now you can get answers to those questions and more, thanks to a new Oregon Forest Atlas that is available online.

Oregon's forests cover 30,472,000 acres, making our state the second-most forested state by acreage in the country.

Data from several sources was used for the Oregon Forest Atlas, including the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station, Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Forestry. The atlas was created as a public education project.

Important note from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry: The data does come with some limitations. Some data models rely on site information at least one year old and even in instances where satellite imagery is used, maps do not necessarily reflect conditions at a fine-detail level. Forest atlas maps are not intended for legal, engineering or surveying purposes.