Community Forestry

Overview of the Forest Sector

For much of the 20th century Central Oregon’s forests provided the raw material for an extensive forest products industry. Primary and secondary wood products manufacturers helped shape our community by bringing in-migrants to the region, providing them with incomes and benefits, building infrastructure and transforming the forest.
Today, in addition to valuing the forest for the wood fiber it provides to industry, our community values the forests for the wildlife habitat, recreational assets, clean water, and aesthetic and spiritual value they provide. Forests thick with hazardous fuels can also threaten our communities with high severity wildfire. Forest management in the 21st century must address and reconcile multiple community values and interests. The forest products industry no longer dominates the local economy, but it still provides significant employment in the region and – in partnership with a range of other stakeholders – has an important role to play in restoring the ecological health for local forests.

Forest Collaboratives

For decades, competing visions of how to manage our federal forest lands have mired us in conflict and little work was done on the ground to help restore our local forests and protect them from high severity fire, insects, and disease. Collaboration is a new approach to engaging diverse interest groups in forest management. It is helping to build new agreement a shared vision for stewardship that will sustain our forests into the future. COIC provides staffing for three large-scale collaborative efforts in the region:

The Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project (DCFP)
The Ochoco Forest Restoration Collaborative (OFRC)

General resources for businesses and employees: Central Oregon SOS - Support for Employees and Employers

SBA programs:


OSU Innovation Lab

Oregon State University Cascades Innovation Co-Lab

Opportunity Knocks- A fantastic 

Opportunity Knocks



COIC Administration,  Community & Economic Development & Loans, and CET Hawthorne Station
334 NE Hawthorne Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
541-548-8163 phone
541-923-3416 fax

Bend WorkSource
1645 NE Forbes Rd. Ste 101
Bend, OR 97701
541-388-6070 phone
541-389-8265 fax

Bend Alternative Education
1645 NE Forbes Rd. Ste 108
Bend, OR 97701
541-771-2229 phone

CET Bear Creek Office and Maintenance Facility
1250 NE Bear Creek Rd.
Bend, OR 97701

CET Antler Office and Maintenance Facility
343 East Antler Ave
Redmond, OR 97756
541-385-8680 phone
541-548-9548 fax

Redmond Alternative Education
2326 SW Glacier Place
Redmond, OR 97756
541-280-0031 phone

Redmond WorkSource
2158 SE College Loop, Suite B
Redmond, OR 97756
541-548-8196 phone
541-504-2969 fax

Prineville WorkSource
457 NE Ochoco Plaza Drive
Prineville, OR 97754
541-388-6201 phone
Hours: Tuesdays & Fridays 9-4, closed for noon hour (12-1pm)

Prineville Alternative Education
2321 NE 3rd St.
Prineville, OR 97754
541-280-6604 phone

La Pine Alternative Education
16493 Bluewood Place
La Pine, OR 97739  
541-907-7798 (phone)

Madras WorkSource
1170 E. Ashwood Rd.
Madras, Oregon
541-548-8196 phone
Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 9-4pm