Defrees Ranch Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Annual Woods Tour

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Written by: Jim James

The Defrees Family from left to right, Dean, Sharon, Nathan,  Lyle, Riley, Dallas, and Tyler

The Defrees Family from left to right, Dean, Sharon, Nathan,
Lyle, Riley, Dallas, and Tyler

Oregon Tree Farm’s June 11th Annual Tour of the Defrees Ranch near Sumpter, southeast of Baker City, provided vivid examples of land stewardship where cattle and timber come together to support a family ownership. The 2,000 acre Defrees Ranch with 1,227 acres of forestland is Oregon’s 2015 Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year, and the American Tree Farm System’s 2016 Western Region Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year. Approximately 160 people attended the tour got to see why. The ranch has been in the family for 107 years.

Pre-commercial and commercial thinning demonstrations

Pre-commercial and commercial thinning demonstrations

A variety of management activities included a unique dredge tailing restoration project, tree thinning, aspen restoration, and spring water development. Dallas Defrees, a fifth generation member of the family and an Oregon State University graduate student studying ranchland ecology, explained how the Defrees Ranch in partnership with Baker County designed a project to restore barren dredge tailing. Beginning in 1913, dredges churned up rocks and gold leaving 2500 acres of the Sumpter valley with mounts of near sterile land. A portion of the tailings are adjacent to the Defrees Ranch’s northern border. Dallas described how by winter feeding cattle on the tailing, they were able to decreased bare ground, decreased weed species, and increased soil fertility and thus increase plant diversity and biomass.

Lyle Defrees and his son Dean, Dallas’ father, lead the tour through grazed pastures and managed forests. At the first stop Lyle and Dean explained their cattle management strategies and how they integrated grazing and forest management. The second stop dealt with Quaking Aspen restoration. Dean explained how Aspen is declining in eastern and central Oregon due to a number of factors that include lack of wildfire and wildlife/cattle grazing. The Defreeses contracted with a nursery to grow aspen seedlings which they have planted in fenced off areas.

Dean describes spring and water projects needed for cattle, wildlife, and fire protection.

Dean describes spring and water projects needed for cattle, wildlife, and fire protection.

The third stop demonstrated the precommercial thinning methods they use to promote forest health, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, and improve grazing. Saplings up to 2-3 inches are cut with a brush cutter, and larger pre-merch trees are removed with a tree shear. Adjacent to the thinning demonstration was a spring development project to benefit both wildlife and cattle. It was cost-shared through the Natural Resources Conservation Service program. The final stop looked at commercial thinning and slash disposal in the ranch’s predominate ponderosa pine forest. A roast beef luncheon held under sunny skies and the Blue Mountains as the backdrop provided a fitting conclusion to a most informative tour.

Tractor/Trailer Transportation - Dean and Lyle Defrees discusses integrating cattle

Tractor/Trailer Transportation – Dean and Lyle Defrees discusses integrating cattle

South Coast Fish Passage &Habitat Workshop – March 9

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Registration is open for the South Coast Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop 

Date: March 9, 2016
Time: 8:00am to 4:30pm

Location: Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay 97420

Statewide and local partners are collaborating to offer a free workshop for forest landowners in the South Coast area.

This one-day workshop will highlight the best practices for restoring and enhancing fish habitat in forested streams.

Registration is currently open at: www.eventbrite.com/e/southern-coast-fish-passage-and-habitat-workshop-registration-19893181040

Please contact Julie Woodward, woodward@ofri.org, for any questions.

Download the Event Flyer Here.

Download the Event Flyer Here.

News Release

Event News Release

 

Marr Bros Tour – March 16

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Please join us for a tour of the Marr Bros property in Monmouth, Oregon.

We will tour a natural gas kiln, large firewood processor, considerable infrastructure for making firewood bundles in massive quantities. The Marr Bros firewood business growing rapidly, and uses many different species of wood to make firewood.

Date: Wednesday, March 16
Time: 9:30am
Address: 875 S. Pacific Hwy, Monmouth, OR 97361

Please Bring: Hardhats, high visibility vests, real shoes.  The tour will be outside predominantly so dress for the weather. The tour will likely take an hour or so, depending on the number of questions.

 

Special Tax Alert – 2016

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Understand property, harvest and severance taxes – Don’t pay unnecessarily!

An OSWA member recently wrote in:

“Well, it happened again. I did some logging on my aunt and uncles place in 2015. As the logger, we keep all the records of board feet cut, in our office, and report the numbers to them, at the end of the year, so taxes can be paid. Dorothy died in 2015, so now a bank manages their estate, and their daughter received the forms in the mail, promptly forwarding them to the manager.

“The property was never set up as a Small Tract Forestland, though she received both the Forest Products Harvest Tax form, and the STF severance tax form. The manager called today, speaking to my mother, not sure what to do. Well my mother didn’t know either. She called my other uncle, Hubert, who DID apply for STF, and he said, yes, you need to pay both taxes.

“Well, he either didn’t know or didn’t remember. So, tonight, I called the manager and said NOOOO!, don’t pay the severance tax. Everything is taken care of now, but I still wonder how many other timber owners, who have NOT applied for STF, are getting severance tax forms, and going ahead and paying the money, unnecessarily.”

–Regards, John


What does it mean?

Property, harvest and severance taxes can be confusing. Our own OSWA member Terry Lamers has put together a SPECIAL TAX ALERT helping spell this out for OSWA member.

Thank you, Terry – for your great reporting and your support to other OSWA members!

See the full Special Tax Alert 2016 here.

Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2016

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Join us at Forest Health in Oregon – State of the State 2016

osulogoFebruary 16-17, 2016 Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2016 is a conference and continuing education event hosted at the LaSells Stewart Center on the campus of Oregon State University. The event is designed to synthesize the current forest health conditions of Oregon forests by focusing on mortality agents and other factors that negatively impact forests on the first day, while the second day will emphasize management.

The program will give participants access to scientists during talks and breaks, with extended panel question periods. At lunch, there will be an opportunity for participants to engage in discussion with forest health specialists and scientists on topics of interest in a relaxed setting.

Our keynote speaker will be Rich Hofstetter, Professor of Forest Entomology at Northern Arizona University, and co-editor and chapter author of the recent book: Bark Beetles: Biology of Native and Invasive Species (Academic Press).

Who Should Attend?

The conference is for those interested in Oregon forests, particularly foresters, forest managers, environmentalists, resource professionals, students and woodland owners.

Where will it be held?

Join us the The LaSells Stewart Center on the beautiful Oregon State University Campus in Corvallis, OR.

How do I register?

Click the button below to register online. More information is also available here:

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/2016foresthealth

Scholarships are available for Master Woodland Managers. Please contact Tiffany Fegel (tiffany.fegel@oregonstate.edu) for more information.

August 8 – Lincoln County Howdy Neighbor Tour

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OSWA Howdy Neighbor Woods Tour
& Farm Bureau Agriculture Tour

Tim and Susan Miller’s – Miller Farms

Combining Forestry with Agriculture

OSWA Tour 2015 MillerSaturday, August 8th 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Registration Required
To Register email oswaevents@gmail.com
or call (503) 588-1813 by July 31st
Please mention the event date – August 8th
FREE Admission & Lunch

To learn more about this day of Information and fun , as well as to get complete directions, download a copy of the event flyer here.