Western Oregon Forestry

Western Oregon Forestry

The Allowable Sale Quantity (ASQ) is synonymous with the annual productive capacity described in the O&C Act, and has been defined as the timber yield that a sustained-yield unit can produce continuously under the intensity of management outlined in the RMP from those lands allocated for permanent timber production.   Only the timber harvested from those lands allocated for permanent timber production, which are known as the Harvest Land Base, counts towards the ASQ. 

The RMP for Western Oregon, calculated an ASQ for each of the draft alternatives based on acreage of the Harvest Land Base, and timber management practices (e.g., clearcut, regeneration harvest with retention, uneven-aged management).

The BLM recognizes the importance of providing a predictable and sustainable timber harvest program that supports local communities and fulfills obligations under the Oregon and California Railroad and Coos Bay Wagon Road Grant Lands Act of 1937 (O&C Act), which also helps meet the Secretarial priority of getting America back to work by promoting job creation and supporting working landscapes.

Accomplishing the FY 2018 total volume target requires increasing the total volume offered to approximately 278 million board feet per year, and offer at least the mid-point of the declared Allowable Sale Quantity (ASQ) by FY 2019. BLM's Western Oregon forestry program creates or maintains around 13 jobs and introduces $648,000 into the local economy per million board feet of timber harvested. 

It takes approximately 16,000 board feet of lumber to build a 2000 square foot home, this means that...

One million board feet of timber is enough to build approximately 63 family sized residential homes.