Portland, Ore. – The Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region has released its 2017 annual report and digital story map, highlighting many of the agency’s accomplishments and contributions across Oregon and Washington.
“National forests benefit communities across the Pacific Northwest in countless ways, from economic benefits, recreation opportunities, clean drinking water, habitat for fish and wildlife, and so much more,” said Jim Peña, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester. “We are proud to share this year’s annual report which showcases the work we accomplish with partners, local communities, and the public we serve.”
2017 Pacific Northwest Region highlights from the report include:
- More than 550,000 acres of restoration and fuels reduction work completed by national forests with the help of partners and local communities.
- 581 million board feet of timber harvested, enough to build 34,000 homes.
- 15.3 million recreation visits to national forest land generated over $730 million in visitor spending in local communities and supported over 6,000 jobs.
- $10.8 million in revenue from recreation fees invested to improve recreation sites.
- 135,000 youth engaged through Forest Service education and conservation programs.
- 3,200 volunteers contributed over 330,000 hours of service (an $8 million value).
- And much, much, more!
The annual report is available as a PDF and interactive story map at: https://go.usa.gov/xnsUs.