SALEM - Oregon experienced a drop in timber harvest of more than 400 million board feet in 2001, according to an Oregon Department of Forestry report.

The "Annual Harvest Report" records 3.44 billion board feet, a sharp decline from the 3.85 billion board feet harvested in 2000 statewide. Forests west of the Cascades accounted for most of the decline. That region of the state saw a reduction in harvest of 356 million board feet from 2000, according to the report.

The ODF report notes that the 2001 timber cut of 173 million board feet on federal forestlands is the lowest since the department began keeping detailed harvest records for Forest Service lands in 1942.

The 598 million board feet of timber harvested in Eastern Oregon was a record low, despite an increase in Gilliam, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur and Umatilla counties, ODF reported.

The annual report is a compilation of data connected with timber harvesting and other forest practices in Oregon. Published data include harvest volumes by county and ownership, harvested acres, estimated Western Oregon species harvested and information regarding other forest practices. The 2001 report, as well as previous reports, is available on the Department of Forestry's Web site, www.odf.state.or.us/rp/AnnualReports.

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