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About Oregon Explorer

Oregon Explorer, a collaborative effort between Oregon State University Libraries and the Institute for Natural Resources, integrates data and content to inform decision-making. Its development is made possible through a partnership with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services Geospatial Enterprise Office, other state, federal and local agencies and conservation groups. It is a comprehensive digital library of Oregon's natural resources. This state-of-the-art, Web-based resource uses advanced information technology to access and integrate data from state and federal agencies, local governments, university scientists, citizens, and K-12 educators and students. It supports informed decisions and actions by people concerned with Oregon's natural resources and environment.

Through a series of geographic, data and topic-based web portals, Oregon Explorer helps users:

  • Learn about natural resources issues in Oregon and the West
  • Quickly find, retrieve, integrate and synthesize well-organized information
  • Access maps, charts, tables, data collections, photos, videos, reports and publications in highly interactive and visually engaging formats
  • Develop customized data products and tools to support informed decision-making
  • Obtain place-based demographic data
  • Share their information with others, which will create shared understanding about Oregon's natural resource and environmental issues, problems and opportunities and build community networks


Development of the Oregon Explorer is a collaboration among:

OSU Libraries: OSU Libraries & Press (OSULP) engages with the OSU community and the people of Oregon in their pursuit of knowledge. The OSULP partnership with the OUS Institute for Natural Resources supports delivery of information and services related to the protection and management of Oregon's vitally important natural resources.

Oregon University System's Institute for Natural Resources: The Institute for Natural Resources (INR) provides Oregonians with ready access to current, relevant science-based information, methods, and tools for better understanding natural resource management challenges and developing solutions. INR co-manages the Oregon Explorer with OSULP.

Oregon Department of Administrative Services Geospatial Enterprise Office: The Geospatial Enterprise Office (DAS-GEO) provides geographic information system (GIS) coordination for state agencies and is the main GIS point of contact for other agencies or organizations.

Major funding for the Oregon Explorer was provided by Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Department of Administrative Service (DAS), Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with additional funding from other public and private sources.