Often thought of only as a prairie state, many people are surprised that over 28 percent of Oklahoma is forested. Our state’s 12.5 million acres of forest and woodlands are among the most diverse in the nation; ranging from the dense pine and hardwood stands of eastern Oklahoma, through the unique Cross Timbers of the central counties, to the riparian forests of our western rivers.
Oklahoma’s forest industry contributes almost 3 billion dollars annually to our state's economy. In
addition to having an economic impact, these trees and forests provide
clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and incredible recreational
Oklahoma Forestry Services is dedicated to the conservation, management and protection of these valuable natural resources. Our foresters provide technical assistance to individuals and communities throughout the state. It is important we work together to conserve our present forests, increase their productivity, and ensure for their long term health so that all Oklahomans continue to enjoy these benefits.
OFS is also the primary agency responsible for the suppression of wildland fire in all 77 counties. Our personnel provide initial attack on almost 4 million acres of timberland in the eastern counties and suppression assistance to fire departments across the remainder of the state in the form of wildland fire crews, aircraft and tactical support when needed for wildfires (including those in the wildland urban interface).
I encourage you to explore our website and take advantage the knowledge and assistance of our foresters and specialist.
We are here to serve you.
George L. Geissler, CF
State Forester and Director
Oklahoma Forestry Services
Our Mission is to Conserve, Enhance and Protect the
Forest Resources of Oklahoma for Present and Future Generations.