OSWA has 15 active chapters statewide. These chapters represent 20 counties made up of local members. Chapters are the cornerstone of OSWA. The chapters organize local activities and produce information tailored to local needs.
Chapter meetings, tours, workshops and classes give OSWA members a chance to meet and network with similarly minded people. Many chapters offer tree seedlings to their members, often times at a discounted rate. You will meet some of the friendliest and dedicated individuals at these chapter sponsored activities.
Oregon Family Forest News and Chapter Newsletters
The Oregon Forest Family News is a statewide joint newsletter with Oregon Tree Farm System. It is published 6 times per year and contains information about the latest news impacting family forestlands in Oregon. It includes profiles of people who work with the forest, articles about forest management, suggestions for marketing your products and other resources to help you better manage your forestland asset, and the "letter to the editor” section is a forum for members to share their views about issues affecting them. Many chapters have their own newsletters keeping members informed with important information.
Northwest Woodlands Magazine
Northwest Woodlands is a quarterly publication produced in cooperation with small woodland owner groups in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Its goal is to keep you informed on regional issues. The magazine is dedicated to the management of family forestlands in the Northwest and has many articles by regional experts and forestry education specialists.
Local chapters sponsor field tours, giving members the opportunity to observe and learn from other successful land owners. OSWA also has four to five Howdy Neighbor Tours each year, in partnership with Oregon Forest Resource Institute (OFRI).
During these tours participants can:
- Explore new ways to manage your forest for wildlife, timber, water quality and recreation
- Learn tips to identify trees, plants and animals found in the forest
- Discover Oregon’s environmental and economic issues with a balanced perspective
- Learn ways to make your property as fire safe as possible
- Learn ways to work safely in the woods
- Learn up-to-date information on:
- Timber and log prices
- Secondary wood products
- Actions by governmental regulatory agencies
- Pending state and national legislation
- Activities of business leaders and conservation organizations
- Have a great time collaborating with friends and neighbors with common interests
OSWA staff and members have a proud tradition of working together to find practical solutions to the divisive issues of the day. By engaging with other groups in a constructive manner, OSWA strives to promote the important and essential roles that family owned woodlands play in society.
OSWA staff and volunteers work closely and actively with local and state agencies, legislators and the political process in Oregon to ensure that family owned forests continue to thrive and prosper. OSWA effectively lobbies on issues of importance to family forestland owners.
OSWA maintains a professionally staffed office suite in Salem with an Executive Director on call and accessible to members throughout the week. OSWA also hires a lobbyist to represent the interests of family forestland owners at the state Capital.
- OSWA partners with other organizations designed to benefit small woodland owners. OSWA chapters interface with Oregon State University Extension Foresters to provide education and training opportunities.
- OSWA works with Oregon Forest Resource Institute (OFRI) to provide educational information to family forest owners.
- OSWA has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Oregon Tree Farm System (OTFS) to partner on common issues and take advantage of OTFS’s affiliation with American Forest Foundation (AFF), an organization designed to protect the interests of small woodland owners, at the national level.
- OSWA participates on the Committee for Family Forests, a committee appointed by the Board of Forestry to advise them on family forest issues
- OSWA traditionally has had a member on the Board of Forestry
- OSWA collaborates with Oregon Department of Forestry on private forest and fire issues
Oregon state laws make all landowners liable for the expense of fighting certain fires on their property. Through a group program, special discounted fire fighting expense liability insurance is available for purchase by OSWA members. General timberland liability insurance is also an option for members through a discounted group program. More information is available with OSWA membership.