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Oregon Department of Forestry Maps, 1914-1985

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen and Anna Stewart.

Collection Overview

Title: Oregon Department of Forestry Maps, 1914-1985

Predominant Dates: 1946-1977


Primary Creator: Oregon. Department of Forestry

Extent: 1.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Oregon Department of Forestry Maps are arranged in 5 series: I. Regional Maps, 1938-1977; II. Forest Protection District Maps, 1946-1985; III. Fireman's Maps, 1970-1977; IV. Map of the State of Oregon, 1914; V. Reforestation, Grazing and Lookout Maps, 1937-1964.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Oregon Department of Forestry Maps consist of maps produced by the Department, primarily to support it's role in fire protection for private, state, and federal forests in Oregon. The collection include maps of forest protection districts and fireman's maps. Of special note is a 1914 map of the full state depicting areas with merchantable timber and other forest lands.

Scope and Content Notes

The Oregon Department of Forestry Maps consist primarily of maps generated in the 1940s-1970s to support the Department's role in fire protection for private, state, and federal forests in Oregon. The maps delineate the boundaries of Forest Protection Districts and their component units throughout the state. The maps provide detailed information about roads surrounding and in the forest landscape, noting the condition of highways, state roads, forest roads, and trails. The maps also depict landscape features such as lakes, streams, springs, summits with elevations, and mines or quarries. Most of the maps in the collection are at 1:125,000 scale.

Of special note in the collection are two copies of a color Map of the State of Oregon prepared in 1914 that depicts areas with merchantable timber as well as those that have been cut-over or burned and whether or not they are being re-stocked. Copy 1 is the preferred copy for researcher use; copy 2 is fragile and brittle and should be used with special care.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 103 maps; 5 map folders and 2 roll storage containers

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were transferred from the Oregon State University Libraries' maps collection to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2014.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center houses numerous extensive collections documenting forests and forestry in Oregon, including the Gerald W. Williams Collection (MSS WilliamsG) and College of Forestry Records (RG 139). Other forestry maps are available in the Bureau of Land Management Maps of Oregon (MAPS BLM), Forest Type Maps of Oregon (MAPS ForestType), National Forests in Oregon Maps (MAPS USFS), and the Donald B. Zobel Collection of Historic Forestry and Vegetation Maps (MAPS ZobelMaps).

Preferred Citation: Oregon Department of Forestry Maps (MAPS ODF), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Oregon. Department of Forestry
Oregon State Board of Forestry

People, Places, and Topics

Fire lookouts--Oregon.
Fire protection districts--Oregon.
Forest districts--Oregon--Maps.
Forest fires--Detection--Oregon.
Forest protection--Oregon--Maps.
Forests and forestry--Oregon--Maps.
Natural Resources
Oregon. Department of Forestry
Tillamook Burn, Or., 1933--Maps.

Forms of Material

Blueline prints.
Forestry maps.
Maps (documents)

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Regional Maps, 1938-1977
Series I consists of maps for the northeast, northwest, and southwest regions of Oregon depicting the forest protection districts. The series also includes a map of Oregon showing the locations of districts for the full state.
Extent: 8 maps

Folder-Item 1.1: Northeast Oregon, 1947-1975
Extent: 2 maps

Folder-Item 1.2: Northwest Oregon, 1938-1977
Extent: 4 maps

Folder-Item 1.3: Southwest Oregon, 1948
Folder-Item 1.4: Statewide Protection Districts, 1970
Series 2: Forest Protection District Maps, 1946-1985
Series II consists of maps of forest protection districts and units that comprise the districts. Most of the maps are at a scale of 1:125,000. The bulk of the maps are published in color; a portion are diazo blueline prints.
Extent: 83 maps

Folder-Item 2.1: Central Oregon, 1946-1966
Extent: 11 maps

Folder-Item 2.2: Clackamas-Marion, 1970
Extent: 2 maps

Folder-Item 2.3: Coos, 1970
Extent: 6 maps

Folder-Item 2.4: Douglas, 1968
Extent: 5 maps

Folder-Item 2.5: Eastern Lane, 1950-1971
Extent: 4 maps

Folder-Item 2.6: Eastern Oregon, 1983
Extent: 4 maps

Folder-Item 3.1: Klamath, 1948-1985
Extent: 8 maps

Folder-Item 3.2: Linn, 1970
Folder-Item 3.3: North Central Oregon, 1951
Folder-Item 3.4: Northeast Oregon, 1963-1974
Extent: 14 maps

Folder-Item 3.5: Northwest Oregon, 1965-1977
Extent: 2 maps

Folder-Item 4.1: Polk-Benton, 1947
Extent: 2 maps

Folder-Item 4.2: Southwest Oregon, 1967
Extent: 7 maps

Folder-Item 4.3: Walker Range, 1969
Extent: 2 maps

Folder-Item 4.4: West Central Oregon, 1967-1969
Extent: 4 maps

Folder-Item 4.5: West Oregon, 1968-1978
Extent: 4 maps

Folder-Item 4.6: Western Lane, 1946-1979
Extent: 6 maps

Series 3: Fireman's Maps, 1970-1977
Series III consists primarily of maps of coastal areas prepared for forest fire protection. The series includes 1:125,000 published maps similar to the forest protection district maps in Series II and 1:62,500 diazo blueline prints. The blueline prints depict fences, firebreaks, harvested areas, and active and inactive lookouts and ranger stations.
Extent: 7 maps

Folder-Item 5.1: Astoria Unit, 1970
Folder-Item 5.2: Dunes NRA District, 1977
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Folder-Item 5.3: Hebo District, 1976
Folder-Item 5.4: St. Helens Unit, 1970
Folder-Item 5.5: Tillamook Unit, 1970
Extent: 2 maps

Folder-Item 5.6: Waldport District, 1976
Series 4: Map of the State of Oregon, 1914
Series IV consists of two copies of a color map prepared and published by the State Board of Forestry in 1914. The map was compiled by Theodore Rowland under the direction of F.A. Elliott, State Forester. It depicts the following six vegetation classifications in color: merchantable timber; cut over areas re-stocking; cut over areas not re-stocking; burned areas re-stocking; burned areas not re-stocking; and brush. The map also shows major rivers, streams, and bodies of water; cities and political boundaries; and roads and railroads. The approximate scale is 1:250,000; each map is approximately 55 x 72 inches. Copy 1 is affixed to linen and relatively stable; it is the preferred copy for researcher use. Copy 2 is fragile and brittle and should be used with special care; it is affixed to wood dowels. Both are stored in roll storage containers.
Extent: 2 maps

Box-Item 6.1, 7.1
Series 5: Reforestation, Grazing, and Lookout Maps, 1937-1964
Series V consists of a detailed map of the Northrup Creek Grazing Experiment, a hand-colored map depicting progress on rehabilitation of the Tillamook Burn, and a state map annotated with the locations of fire lookouts in Oregon.
Extent: 3 maps

Folder-Item 5.6: Northrup Grazing Experiment, 1937
This detailed map is at a scale of 1 inch = approximately 660 feet, with a contour internal of 100 feet.
Folder-Item 5.7: Tillamook Burn Rehabilitation Program, 1953
Folder-Item 5.8: State Lookouts, 1964

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