Film: Legacy of Fire and Speaker Doug Decker, State Forester

Thursday, January 28, 2016
7:00 pm
Whiteside Theatre, 361 Madison Ave, Corvallis

Film Title: Legacy of Fire: The Story of the Tillamook Burn

Experience the power of a fast-moving wildfire as you witness the story of the Tillamook Burn, told by the men and women who knew this forest when it was devastated by fire in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Legacy of Fire is dramatic retelling of one of Oregon’s worst natural disasters, and of the remarkable forest that grew from its ashes.  This is a free screening.

Speaker: Doug Decker, State Forester  

Following the film Doug will offer some historic perspective of the significance of the fire, its impact on the development and direction of ODF and OSU College of Forestry and most importantly, how we in Oregon and across the West need to be adjusting to new realities.  The talk will be followed by a moderated Q&A.

Oregon Fire History Chart

Doug Decker was appointed Oregon state forester by the Board of Forestry on Feb. 1, 2011. In that position he carries out the board’s overarching policies through leadership of the Department of Forestry (ODF). The state forester serves as director of the department, which provides services including preventing and fighting wildfires, managing state-owned forests, enforcing natural resource protection laws on private forestlands, advising landowners, and providing urban forestry assistance.

From 2010-2011, he served as acting chief of ODF’s State Forests Division, supervising the overall function of the division. For the five years prior, Decker was State Forests Project Leader, a position in which he spearheaded a successful effort to acquire a 43,000-acre tract that became the Gilchrist State Forest.

He established the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, leading the non-profit organization in a multi-year effort to plan, design, build and open the award-winning Tillamook Forest Center, located on the site of the historic Tillamook Burn in today’s Tillamook State Forest. He continues today as executive director of the trust, which upon completion of the Center in 2006 turned its focus to current endowment fundraising and support.

Decker began his career with ODF in 1987 as a public affairs specialist, eventually receiving promotion to public affairs director. In that role he led development and implementation of a statewide communication strategy for ODF, including media relations, electronic communications, publications, forestry education and crisis communications.

As public affairs director during some of the most challenging wildfire seasons in recent history, he developed and implemented national standards and programs for fire information officer media relations training and led agency-wide and multi-agency fire information operations.

Decker holds a baccalaureate in journalism from the University of Montana, Missoula.