EMPHASIZING THE “FAMILY” OF FAMILY FOREST LANDOWNERS
Connecting families and the tree farm
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Place: The Rediscovery Forest in the Oregon Garden
Focus: Families are invited to participate in three 30-minute concurrent sessions in the Rediscovery Forest.
1. How to determine density management with Mike Cloughesy, OFRI, and Stephen Fitzgerald, OSU Extension
2. Being successful with reforestation with Glenn Ahrens, OSU Extension
3. Managing ponderosa pine with Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine
Conservation Association Connecting families and forest fun
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Place: The Discovery Pavilion
Focus: Forest discovery station for young family members. Hands-on funand learning with Rikki Heath, OFRI
Families are also welcome to tour The Oregon Garden on their own or ride the tram before or after the luncheon! Admission is included in registration.
New this year! Inspector annual meeting and workshop. Inspectors that attend workshop do not have to pay for luncheon. Hosted by Tamara Cushing, OSU; Lauren Grand, OSU; and Mike and Connie Atkinson, OTFS inspection coordinators.
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Place: Oregon Garden Resort
Focus: We will explore the wealth of information from the national woodland owner survey and discuss approaches for engaging more family forest owners in a meaningful conversation about their woods.
Also, updates on certification requirements.
TREE FARM RECOGNITION LUNCHEON
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (lunch)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 (awards)
Place: Oregon Garden Resort
The sessions will be followed by a brief Oregon Tree Farm System business meeting and then a lunch (pricing on back) 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 Inspector of the Year and the Oregon Tree
Farmer of the Year for 2017.
Oregon Tree Farm System, Inc
Oregon Small Woodlands Association
U.S. Forest Service
Oregon Department of Forestry
Oregon Forest Resources Institute
OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
For more information, contact Jim James at 503-588-1813 or email@example.com.
Download the complete OTFS Annual Meeting Flyer and Registration flyer here.
Send your completed registration, along with fees, to the address on the back.
Oregon Small Woodland’s Northwest Woodland Magazine is available now!
OSWA’s Marion-Polk chapter has a Winter-Spring 2017 newsletter to read!
Written by: Jim James
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.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, for any questions.
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
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.
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.”
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!
Join us at Forest Health in Oregon – State of the State 2016
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:
Scholarships are available for Master Woodland Managers. Please contact Tiffany Fegel (email@example.com) for more information.
Columbia County Small Woodlands Association in conjunction with OSU Extension office will be hosting a Twilight Tour:
- August 19
- Time TBA
- Location TBA
For more info, contact the Columbia Chapter Representative.