Douglas County extends from sea level at the Pacific Ocean to 9,182-foot Mount Thielsen in the Cascade Mountains and is 5,071 square miles in size. It has the entire Umpqua River watershed within its boundaries, and contains nearly 2.8 million acres of commercial forest lands. Over 50% of the land area of the County is owned by the Federal government. These lands are managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
The Sheriff's Office holds contracts with the United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Douglas Timber Operators (DTO) for enhanced law enforcement services on federal and private timber lands. This currently includes:
- 1 full-time Diamond Lake USFS Resident Deputy
- 1 full-time BLM Deputy
- 1 full-time DTO Deputy
Additionally, Douglas County Solid Waste contributes funding for a full-time deputy to investigate illegal dumping cases. This deputy also performs enforcement and investigative functions related to violations of county ordinances and crimes involving county property.
These deputies work in partnership with state, federal, local and private stakeholders to provide professional law enforcement services throughout the timberlands in Douglas County.