Tree Farmer of the Year 2018
Marsha Oakes Carr and Oakes Family Members
By Nancy Hathaway
Benton County tree farmers were treated to a tour of the Oakes Investment LLC property on May 19, 2018. Marsha and her brothers and sister, Duane, Darrell, Dennis and Christine, as well as Marsha’s granddaughter Kayla, all participated in the tour. Their parents, Don and Donna Oakes, former Tree Farmers of the Year, were also present.
In 1999 the LLC was formed by gifting shares to the six siblings. The parents’ goals were to keep the property in the family and keep their children interacting together in the management. This was well demonstrated at the tour. Family members accompanied each tour group sharing their knowledge of aspects of management. The whole family participates in the management of their 600 acre tree farm!
Our tour started at the Homestead Place, which was actually homesteaded in 1883 by Don Oakes’ great-great-grandparents. After much back and forth of ownership over the next century, Don and Donna Oakes were able to buy the property in 1987. Don actually planted many of the Doug fir on the place right after high school. He and his cousin planted 60-80 acres by pulling up seedlings from roadsides. Now these forests are ready to be thinned.
Near the Homestead Place, we visited the pond where granddaughter Kayla Carr, age 13, and Fran Cafferata Coe led a discussion of wildlife, in particular the red-legged frog. Also nearby is a 60-70 year old stand of Doug fir. Since this stand had been lightly thinned over the years, discussion centered on alternative paths going forward.
We stopped at a young stand of fir currently being thinned by Marsha’s son Dan in his “spare” time. Starting at the bottom of a quite steep incline, he thins his way up.
On our drive through the property we noticed several very old open-grown trees; one tree’s circumference was 33 feet and about 250 years old. We also drove through the LLC’s most recent acquisition, a purchase from Weyerhaeuser to fill in some missing age classes. Marsha wanted to make sure that harvesting opportunities would be available for the grandchildren in the future.
The weather was perfect and the tour was interesting and inspirational to the 110 people attending. This four-generation family demonstrated how working together they achieve their goals of managing a fairly large amount of land. Their ultimate goal is to have the 5th and future generations involved!
Please join us at the: Columbia County Small Woodlands Spring Dinner Meeting at the Beaver Homes Grange
Saturday May 19, 2018.
($15/person no one under 12)
Meet and greet at 5:00. Dinner served at 5:30pm. Program starts at
Marilyn Richen and Tammy Jackson will share their knowledge of using
dogs to hunt for truffles, and will have their dogs Gucci (winner of
the Joriad North American Truffle Dog Championship in 2015) and Blue
on hand to demonstrate.
Oregon Small Woodlands Association 2018 Annual Meeting June 28th-30th
“Managing Family Forests into the Future”
Holiday Inn, 919 Kruse Way, Springfield
Sponsor by OSWA’s Lane County Chapter
Oregon Small Woodlands Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting is Thursday, June 28th through Saturday, June 30th at the Holiday Inn, 919 Kruse Way, in Springfield. There are discount rates for participants. OSWA’s Lane County has done a great of preparing for a great meeting. The theme is “Managing Family Forests into the Future”. Thursday afternoon, local mill tours will be available for the first 80 people who register for mill tours and Friday’s program and Awards Banquet will focus on issues important to family forest owners. It will be topped off with a Saturday morning woods tour of 2017 Oregon Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Steve and Wylda Cafferata’s Cafferata Family Forest. Everyone is welcome. Advanced registration is required.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nine Oregon Tree Farm System (OTFS) members have been nominated for 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Inspectors are visiting these nominees this summer and the selection of Oregon’s 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year will be made at the OTFS Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 21st at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.
All family forest landowners are invited to participate in the meeting program and awards luncheon.
OSWA 2017 Annual Meeting – June 15th, 16th, & 17th
Lane County has agreed to host the 2017 OSWA Annual Meeting. They were invited to host the meeting when Lane County’s Dave and Dianne Rankin were selected 2016 Oregon Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. This continues the tradition of coordinating OSWA’s Annual Meeting with the Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year woods tour.
The Annual Meeting Committee is working on the details of the meeting, but here are the things that have already been decided.
Meeting Dates – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday June 15, 16, and 17.
Location – Three Rivers Casino, Florence, Oregon
Thursday – June 15th
Optional tour to be determined
OSWA Board Meeting Thursday evening
Friday – June 16th
Annual Meeting Program
Formal Required Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday – June 17th
Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year woods tour
The meeting will be open to OSWA and non-OSWA members.
The meeting brochure and registration forms will be mailed to members and local family forest owners who are not OSWA members in April. It is not too early to be thinking about items to donate to the silent auction and to be marking your calendars and planning to attend.
Date: November 21, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place: World Forestry Center
Oregon Tree Farm System
Oregon Small Woodlands Association
Oregon Department of Forestry
Oregon Forest Resources Institute
OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension
USDA Forest Service
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
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 email@example.com.
Congratulations to the Baker County Chapter for another great OSWA annual meeting. On Friday, June 10th, an exceptional group of speakers discussed the resilience of Northeast Oregon, before and after fire, and a multiple list of challenges facing family forest owners and how one might address these issues, all was with an emphasis on the 75th Anniversary of the American Tree Farm System.
During the Membership Meeting, President Scott Hanson (Clackamas County) passed the president’s gavel to new President Rick Barnes (Douglas County). Rick will serve a two year term as President and Scott will become Past-president on the Executive Committee. Scott Hayes will step down from the Executive Committee after serving for six years. Thank you Scott for your service to OSWA. Mike Barsotti (Linn County) was nominated for President-Elect and Mike Barnes (Yamhill County) was nominated for a second term as Second Vice President.
During the awards banquet, OSWA recognized eleven Outstanding Chapter Volunteers and three 2016 Riggin’ Slingers. Oregon Tree Farm System recognized Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resource Institute and Jim Johnson, OSU Forestry Extension as exceptional partners of the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Paul Calverley received a 25 year ATFS sign, and Rick and Audrey Barnes received a sign as 2014 Western Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.
Two woods tours, an awards banquet, and a silent auction completed the three day event. Over 175 people participated in one or more of the events. Also, thank you to the annual meeting sponsors Boise Cascade, Guistina Resources, JD Fulwiler, Port Blakely, RSG, Seneca, Silke Communications, Starker Forests, Stimson Lumber Co., and Weyerhaeuser.
2016 Outstanding Chapter Volunteers
Each Year, chapter presidents are asked to identify an outstanding volunteer for their chapter to be recognized at OSWA’s Annual Awards Banquet.
Chris & Donna Heffernan have been active volunteers on the tree school East planning committee. Donna has been one of our key Tree School East planning committee members since the program was started in 2002.
In addition to attending the planning meetings and providing much valuable input, the Heffernan’s have contributed logs for classes, volunteering at the registration table and anything and everything else that needs doing. The Heffernans are assisting with a new program studying the economic feasibility of creating BioChar from forest residue. Chris, Donna and their two sons Justin and Sheldon all work together managing the family’s considerable forestry and farming businesses which include custom haying and forest fuel reduction with their slash buster equipment. They set a great example for others.
The Heffernans were the Union County Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year in 2004 and are voluntary participants in the My Blue Mountain/East Face program. They have hosted numerous tours and forestry and agriculture workshops on their lands, providing superb learning opportunities and inspiring the audiences with their dedication and excellent work. Chris and Donna have a long history of engaging with and supporting their community in a variety of unique ways such as offering special deer and elk hunting opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages. Chris is a past member of the Board of Forestry. They often say, they’re “living the dream” and inspiring other folks to also passionately pursue their natural resource stewardship goals.
Roger Workman joined the Benton County OSWA board in 2015. Even though he lives and works full-time in Albany he has taken the extra time to come to Corvallis to volunteer. Roger enthusiastically accepted the job of Program Coordinator and has organized interesting monthly events to appeal to a variety of interests. The chapter is pleased with his efforts. He has made a notable contribution to the Benton County chapter and we’d like to honor him as our Volunteer of the Year and hope he continues as Program Coordinator for another year!
Tim Dahl is our outstanding volunteer for 2016. Tim has been invaluable to CCFFA for the time he puts in as Secretary/Treasurer, keeping track of what we are doing and where we are going. He is on the finance committee, works with Jim Schreiber on the burn committee and on tours where needed. He is a Master Woodland Manager.
Columbia County outstanding volunteers are Scott and Sue Russell. What can I say. It is long overdue that the Russell’s are recognized. Columbia County Past president, vice president, secretary, always there to help with a great attitude, a smile and something funny to say. They have been active in state events like Day at the Capitol and Board of Forestry meetings, representing Columbia County.
Jayson Wartnik is the past president of the Coos/Curry County chapter. As president he spent countless hours volunteering to set up tours and lead chapter events. He continues to serve on the chapter board and participates in most chapter activities. Jayson has been a key player in the chapters recent success.
Colene Freadman is the 2016 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for the Douglas County Chapter. For years, Colene has been a willing worker for our chapter, filling in where needed and assisting when times get busy—for instance, when we hosted two OSWA Annual Meetings in a row. In addition, we have on-going gratitude for her leadership in securing a bond measure that provides permanent funding for the Extension Forestry program in Douglas County.
Most recently, Colene accepted the on-going job of updating and managing the Douglas County portion of the OSWA website. This is a very important communication tool and she is doing a fabulous job of keeping it current and accurate. Thank you Colene for your energy and helpfulness. You help make our Chapter a success!
The Lane Chapter recognizes Steve & Wylda Cafferata as volunteers of the year. They have both been committed to volunteering for LCSWA’s events. Steve providing members professional input on forest management processes and Wylda with the planning and coordinating of field events. Over this past year both have committed many hours of their time and services to LCSWA, which we are very thankful for and appreciative of. Steve also volunteers his time as a member of the state’s Emergency Fire Funding Committee representing family forest owners. His experience has been needed as Oregon has experienced three bad fire seasons in a row.
Andy Kittel is the Lincoln County Outstanding Volunteer. As an active member of the chapter board Andy provides advise and leadership on the many issues the chapter needs to address. He volunteers his time to make sure OSWA at the state level is successful as well as the county chapter. He actively participates in chapter and state level events and can be counted on when needed to make an OSWA event successful.
Money earned from our annual Seedling sale is used, in part, to provide college scholarships to deserving Linn County students who major in forestry or other related fields. For more than ten years Katie Kohl has been our Scholarship chairperson, managing this program. Katie works with advisors at each of our areas high schools to insure that we have the best pool of candidates possible and then oversees the selection process. Linn County members get a chance to meet our scholarship recipients at our annual meeting when they are introduced by Katie and relate their experiences.
Katie has remained active in both the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and her community. She has served as a board member and has been secretary of our chapter. She has also consistently helped with our seedling sale and the associated “Goods from the Woods” display. Currently she is a board member of the South Santiam Watershed Council, a U.S. Forest Service outdoor school steward, and a member of the Sweet Home Tree Commission.
Washington County Volunteer of the year is Bill Triest. Bill presently heads up our program committee and has had that role for the last 6 years at least. In that capacity he, along with the rest of the program committee, organizes the topics for our monthly meetings, identifies and coordinates with speakers, assists with publicity for the meetings and introduces speakers to our members at the meetings. He pays careful attention to the topics presented so we get a wide variety of program topics for our members to enjoy. Typically, our meetings are well attended and a big reason for that is the careful consideration that Bill gives to what is being presented. Identifying tour opportunities for the summer is another responsibility of the program chair and Bill has also come through for us on that. We’ve visited a number of interesting sites over the past several years. In addition to being the program chair Bill has also served as a board member in the past, volunteered with our annual plant sale, and has attended numerous small woodlands events. He is dedicated to his tree farm and dedicated to our organization and we appreciate the work he has done for the Washington County Small Woodlands Association.
The Yamhill Chapter Small Woodlands Association’s volunteer of the year is Susan Watkins. She is very involved in our local chapter having served on our Board of Directors and has given countless updates at our chapter meetings on various forest and important local issues. Susan has been a member of the Department of Forestry’s Committee for Family Forestlands from 2008-2015 and was acting chair in her final year. As a member of the Committee for Family Forestlands, Susan helped organize an Oregon Board of Forestry tour of western Oregon tree farms. She was a co-author of the “Ties to the Land” succession planning program, which has been in use in Oregon and across the country for the past decade. Susan has spoken at a number of Board of Forestry and State Legislative hearings on behalf of small forest owners.
She is a Master Woodland Manager (2002 class). Susan has twice written “op-ed” articles about forestry and small forest organizations for her local newspaper, the Yamhill Valley News Register. She has also given presentations on Oregon resources for small forest landowners at OSWA and WOWnet meetings and 5th graders at the Cruickshank Woodland tour. Oregon State University College of Forestry Extension has honored Susan for her volunteer services on behalf of small woodland owners. Susan and her husband, Arnie Hollander are Yamhill County’s Tree Farmers of the Year for 2016. We are indebted to them both for their service.
2016 Riggen’ Slinger Award
Each year OSWA selects an OSWA leader as the Riggin’ Slinger. A Riggin’ Slinger is responsible for all the activities in an active high leading logging operation. Things can go wrong and the Riggin’ Slinger is the one who solves problems and keeps everyone safe while meeting the overall objective of keeping logs moving to town. OSWA will recognize three Riggin’ Slingers in 2016.
Scott Hanson has served as President for the last two years at a time when OSWA had a multitude of challenges. The Board of Forestry’s riparian rule making process, a contentious 2016 legislative session, and keeping OSWA healthy financially and growing the OSWA membership. Under Scott’s leadership OSWA had a big impact on the Board of Forestry’s riparian rule decision as he led OSWA’s Water Quality Team, we survived the challenges at the capitol, membership grew in both of the last two years, and OSWA’s financial condition is healthy. Scott has demonstrated the skills of a Riggin’ Slinger.
Greg Peterson was key in OSWA’s approach to influencing the Board of Forestry’s riparian rule making process. OSWA’s Water Quality Team made countless testimony to the Board of Forestry. Greg Peterson was a work horse on the team. He spent over 1000 hours of time reviewing the results of the RipStream study, preparing professional testimony to the Board of Forestry on the short comings of the study, and together with the team influenced the outcome in a way positive for forest owners. Greg has also represented OSWA’s interests in the Department of Environmental Quality’s Mid Coast Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process. Greg has demonstrated the skills of a Riggin’ Slinger.
Gary Springer has been a leader and advocate for family forest owners for decades. Past member of the OSWA board, actively engaged in the Board of Forestry’s riparian rule making process in the 1990’s, member of the Board of Forestry appointed Committee for Family Forestlands (CFF) who advises the board on family forest issues, and most recently a member of the Board of Forestry. He was the only member of the board with any practical forestry experience when they recently made their decision on the riparian rules. There is no doubt, without Gary’s leadership during the riparian rule making process, forest owners in Oregon would have been unnecessarily harmed by regulation not supported by science. Gary’s interface with the Environmental Quality Commission greatly influenced the outcome. Gary received the Riggin’ Slinger award in 1999 and he has not slowed down. Gary continues to demonstrated the skills of a Riggin’ Slinger.
This year’s Silent Auction brought in about $3400 that will be used to support OSWA’s regulatory and legislative issues. Participants had a broad range of items to bid on. Thank you to all who made donations for the silent auction. Also, thank you to all who bid on and purchased the items. The Silent Auction revenue has become an important part of OSWA’s annual budget. Special thanks to Chair Ilene Waldorf, Denise Russell, Jan Oyala, Jen Rains, Coleen Freadman, and others who helped on the auction.
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.”