Day at the Capitol

Oregon Small Woodland Association (OSWA) actively represents the interests of family forest owners in Oregon, at the Oregon Legislature. OSWA has a full time lobbyist to represent family forest interests, we introduce and lobby bills when needed, and members testify at committee hearings on bills of importance to family forest owners. During full legislative sessions, held on odd years, OSWA holds a Day at the Capitol for its members and partners. The 2013 Day at the Capitol was on April 23rd. Over forty family forest owners visited with legislative leaders during the morning, participated in an optional tour of the golden pioneer atop the Capitol building, toured the capitol with OSWA Lobbyist Roger Beyer, individually visited some of their own representatives, and participated in an afternoon Senate Hearing on HB 2441, OSWA’s pole building bill. The hearing on HB 2441 was successful. The Senate Rural Communities and
Economic Development Committee approved HB 2441 and forwarded it to the full Senate with a do pass  recommendation.  HB 2441 had already passed the House by a 58-0 vote. Also that day, the House voted on OSWA’s HB 2615, which adds truffles to the State list of Special Forest Products. The bill passed the House with a 59-0 vote and will move on to a Senate Committee for a hearing.

2013 Day at the Capitol
2013 OSWA Day at the Capitol Attendees

The Day at the Capitol is a great opportunity to hear directly from legislative leaders about issues important to them and to hear about some of the challenges they face in finding balance with funding requests and available state resources. It is also a great opportunity for these same leaders to hear about issues important to family forest owners. Participants came away from the day’s events with a better understanding of why it is important to communicate with one’s legislative representatives and how best to do so.

OSWA’s next Day at the Capitol will be June 18, 2015.

Curry County Woods Forestry Tour Saturday, August 10th

Curry County Woods Tour Saturday, August 10thelk
Oregon Small Woodland Association, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, OSU ForestryExtension, and Oregon Department of Forestry will host a woods tour for family forest owners at the Elk Creek Ranch in Curry County, just East of Brookings.  Participants will discuss Old Growth Redwoods, Sudden Oak Death in Curry County, stream restoration, managing with T&E species, and both commercial and pre-commercial thinning.
The tour will begin at 10:00 am, include lunch, and conclude at 2:00 pm with a walk through a redwood forest.  Registration is required.
 Contact Jen Rains by email jenerains@gmail.com or phone (541) 588-1813 to register.  See flyer for details.
Click to download printable version of the Elk Creek Ranch Flyer with complete directions and schedule.
Cost is free.

OSWA Annual Meeting 2013

OSWA 2012 Annual Meeting Registration Form
Click to download the complete schedule and registration form.

We invite you to join us  for OSWA’s 53rd Annual Meeting and the Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year Woods Tour, Thursday through Saturday, June 13th, 14th and 15th. Hosted by OSWA’s Douglas County Chapter, this year’s meeting will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg and the woods tour will be on Bill and Joan Arsenault’s 300 acre Paradise Creek Ranch near Elkton. Bill and Joan are Oregon’s 2012 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

The theme for this year’s meeting is “Family Forests: Our Legacy, Our Future”. There will be many activities for family forest owners throughout the three days of events. On Thursday, June 13th optional tours will be available for those who arrive early. A morning mill tour of Nordic Veneer’s operations in Roseburg and/or an afternoon tour of a high lead logging operation on nearby Roseburg Forest Products property will be available. Also on Thursday, the Committee for Family Forests (CFF), a committee of family forest owners appointed by the Board of Forestry to advice the board on family forest issues, will have their monthly meeting at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The public is invited to participate in all CFF meetings. The OSWA Board will also meet late Thursday afternoon and all OSWA members are welcome to participate. The day will conclude with an optional dinner at the Fairgrounds for the OSWA Board and other OSWA members or guests. Registration for Thursday’s optional activities is required.

OSWA’s Annual Membership Meeting, Program and Awards Banquet will highlight Friday’s activities at the Douglas County Fairgrounds including an outstanding line up of speakers, the annual silent auction, recognition of OSWA’s 2013 Rigging Slinger Award, and lots of time to visit with neighbors and friends.

Art Adams,  President of family owned Nordic Veneer, will be the keynote speaker. The meeting program will focus on current and federal forest issues, generational differences, and former State Climatologist; George Taylor will address Climate Change. State Forester Doug Decker will be the luncheon speaker and Roseburg Forest Products CEO and President; Allyn Ford will be the dinner speaker.

The finale of the three days of events is the Outstanding Tree Farm is the Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year tour of Bill and Joan Arsenault’s Paradise Creek Ranch. There is plenty of parking on site for those who wish to drive to the tour site or transportation will be provided from and back to Roseburg and Sutherlin for those who prefer not to drive to the tour.

We look forward to seeing you in Roseburg.

Scott Hayes   – President – OSWA

Gary Groth – President – Douglas County

Joe Holmberg – Chair – OTFS

Legislative Update – April 25, 2013

OSWA Legislative Update

OSWA’s Day at the Capitol, on Tuesday April 23rd was a great success. Over forty OSWA members and partners visited with legislative leaders during the morning, participated in an optionals tour of the golden pioneer atop the Capitol building, toured the Capitol with Roger Beyer, individually visited with representatives, and participated in the afternoon Senate Hearing on HB 2441, OSWA’s Pole Building Bill. The hearing was successful. The Senate Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee approved HB 2441 and forwarded it to the full Senate with a do pass recommendation. HB 2441 has already passed the House by a 58-0 vote.

Also that day, the House voted on OSWA’s HB 2615, which adds truffles to the State list of Special Forest Products. The bill passed the House with a 59-0 vote and will move on to a Senate Committee for a hearing sometime soon. Legislators meeting with OSWA included Senators Roblan, Oslen, Ferrioli, Girod and Dingfelder and Representatives Hoyle, McLane, Gilliam, Unger, Witt, and Speaker Kotek. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The next GAC Conference call is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM.

Call #: 1-800-861-4084
Participating code: 1036304

I will send out a reminder next week. We will still have several issues ahead of us in this session.

OSWA’s HB 2442, the farm plate bill is still waiting for a hearing in the House Revenue Committee. The committee is waiting to hear from us when we are ready. We will discuss strategies for this bill at the next GAC call.

Senate hearing on our truffle bill, HB 2615, yet to be scheduled.
The hearings on the Department of Forestry budget and the OSU Extension budget went well, but the desired funding is still in question. The Wildfire Protection Act, HB 2050, has been connected to the ODF budget process. OSWA members provided written and verbal testimony in support of these budgets, but we may need to testify again in early May. The hearing schedules are not out yet.

OFIC’s fire liability bill which is a high priority for OSWA had identical Senate and House versions. Both have passed their respective chambers, but still await a joint conference between the Senate and House to agree on the other chamber’s bill. OSWA may still need to weigh in to support this bill.
SB 401, the Wild and Scenic River Bill was modified to a study on the need for and what rivers should be included in a Wild and Scenic Rivers bill. This issue is dead for now, but will re-emerge in the future. We will need to discuss any OSWA involvement in the study group.
HB 2555, the bill that would have imposed a $15 harvest tax to encourage domestic use of Oregon timber is dead. However, the concept of increased harvest taxes for a variety of reasons could still be in play in some legislators’ minds. This concept will need to be monitored and discouraged for the remainder of this session.

Sincerely,

Jim James
Executive Director
Oregon Small Woodlands Association