OTFS Annual Meeting, Workshop & Recognition Luncheon

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Date: November 21, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Place: World Forestry Center

Portland Sponsors:

  • Oregon Tree Farm System
  • Oregon Small Woodlands Association
  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension
  • USDA Forest Service
  • SFI

Celebrating Our Heritage:

Focusing on Our Future Succession Planning for Your Tree Farm

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m

Place: Cheatham Hall, World Forestry Center

Presenters:

  • Tammy Cushing, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension
  • Rick Barnes, Nickel Mountain LLC, 2014 Tree Farmer of the Year
  • Clint Bentz, CPA, 2002 National Tree Farmer of the Year
  • Dick Courter, OTFS Memorial Fund
  • Caroline Kuebler, American Forest Foundation
  • Julie Woodward, Oregon Forest Resources Institute
  • Annual Meeting, Workshop and Recognition Luncheon

Download the complete flyer here

Annual Meeting, Workshop and Recognition Luncheon

Do you have a succession plan for your tree farm? As American Tree Farm System celebrates its
75th anniversary, it’s a good time to look ahead at the next 75 years. Good succession planning is a
way of building shared vision and passion for the land among the family. A panel of presenters will
discuss succession planning and provide insight into important discussions to have with heirs and/or
charitable planned giving entities. Bring your family for the workshop; there will be time for any
questions you might have about communication and legal aspects of succession planning.

Tree Farm Recognition Luncheon Time: 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Place: Miller Hall, World Forestry Center

The workshop will be followed by a brief Oregon Tree Farm System business meeting and then a lunch honoring the County Tree Farmers of the Year. The high point of the day will be a video featuring all the County Tree Farmers of the Year and the announcement of the Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year for 2016. The workshop is free; the luncheon is $30 per person ($15 for each additional family member after 2 full registrations).

For more information, contact Anne Hanschu at 503-357-2551 or netvetrdh@gmail.com.

Download the OTFS Annual Meeting & Recognition Luncheon registration form here.
Send in, along with fees, to the address on the back.

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

OTFS Awards at OSWA Awards Banquet

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Several Awards were presented to Oregon Tree Farm System participants at OSWA’s Annual Awards Banquet. Tom Martin, President of American Forest Foundation presented Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resource Institute and Jim Johnson, OSU Forestry Extension with plagues honoring their partnership with the American Tree Farm System.

Tom commented “75 years is a very long time for a program or organization to prosper. It can only do so through the commitment of many talented people and in the case of the American Tree Farm System, committed, vibrant partner organizations. OFRI and OSU Extension have been two of those special organizations helping nurture the success of ATFS through many, many years.

In recent years Mike Cloughesy has provided energy, insight and leadership to help ATFS continue to help family landowners become better stewards of their land.  Mike and OFRI are a large part of what has made and is making ATFS successful in Oregon. OSU Extension has provided leadership through their Extension Foresters who are inspectors and who participate in inspector training. Both Mike and Jim have served on the OTFS board for many years.”

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Tom Martin presents award to Mike Cloughesy with Scott Hayes, Chair of OTFS

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Tom Martin presents award to Jim Johnson

 

Tom Martin presents award to Mike Cloughesy with Scott Hayes, Chair of OTFS

Michael Atkinson and Scott Hayes present ATFS 25 Year Sign to Paul Cal. Paul has been in ATFS since 1979

OSWA Award presentation

Michael Atkinson and Scott Hayes present a red cedar carved sign to Audrey and Rick Barnes in recognition of their selection as National Western Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year in 2014. Their Nickel Mountain, LLC property was Oregon’s OTFofY in 2013. The Douglas County Chapter hosted the OSWA Annual Meeting in 2014.

 

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.

New Oak Videos on Yamhill Page

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Yamhill Chapter of Oregon Small Woodlands Association has added two new videos to their page. The videos, which can also be found on youtube, touch on issues related to Oak Savannahs and Oak tree habitat and health in the Northwest. We encourage all OSWA Member to check them out and show support by liking the videos!

Click here to see the videos on Yamhill Page

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.

August 15 – Tour of John & Cathy Dummer’s Young Forest

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John & Cathy Dummer’s

The Ridge Tree Farm Challenges when Managing a Young Forest

OSWA Tour 2015 MillerSaturday, August 15th 8:30 am to Noon
Registration Required
To Register email oswaevents@gmail.com
or call (503) 588-1813 by August 7th
Please mention the event date – August 15th
FREE Admission & Lunch

Howdy Neighbor Tour in Washington County, Saturday, August 15th. Tour will focus on challenges in managing a young forest, including insect and disease challenges, animal damage, dealing with beavers, thinning strategies, and future log markets. It is hosted by OSWA’s Washington County Chapter. Registration is required. The tour and lunch are free. See the attached flyer for details.

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.