Special Tax Alert – 2016

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

Marr Bros Tour – March 16

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.


Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2016

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:


Scholarships are available for Master Woodland Managers. Please contact Tiffany Fegel (tiffany.fegel@oregonstate.edu) for more information.

New Oak Videos on Yamhill Page

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

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.

August 8 – Lincoln County Howdy Neighbor Tour

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.

2015 PNW Forestry Leadership Academy – Jan 16-17, 2015

The Partnership for Forestry Education is proud to announce that the 2015 PNW Forestry Leadership Academy will be held on January 16-17 at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Ore. The goal of the forestry leadership academy is to equip forest landowners sand foresters to take active roles in leading Pacific Northwest forestry organizations. The academy will help new and existing leaders gain the skills they need to succeed.

Project partners include the Oregon Tree Farm System (OTFS), Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA), Oregon and Washington State Society of American Foresters, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension, Cispus Institute, Washington Farm Forestry Association (WFFA) and Washington Tree Farm Program (WTFP).

Funders for this year’s academy include USFS State and Private Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and SAF Foresters’ Fund. This funding will provide a limited number of scholarships for family forest owners who are members of OSWA, OTFS, WFFA, and WTFP on a first come first serve basis. With a registration fee of $25, scholarships cover all meeting activities and lodging for one night (double occupancy encouraged to stretch scholarship dollars). The registration fee for others to attend the conference without a scholarship is $125 plus lodging.

Click here to download the complete registration form and flyer.

Article – Experts fear for long-term health of U.S. forests

The Washinton Post has come out with a relavent article titled “Experts fear for long-term health of U.S. forests”. Check out quotes from some of our own OSWA members!

Owners of smaller parcels are less likely to invest in forestry management plans, experts say. Photo found http://wapo.st/1CWryfv

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

Port-Blakely/OSWA Winter 2015 Scholarships Available – up to $1000

In celebration of Port Blakely Tree Farms LP’s 150th anniversary Port Blakely and OSWA are offering college scholarships for up to $1000 to the children and grandchildren of OSWA members who are enrolled in a natural resource college Winter Term 2015. The scholarships are available because of a gift from Port Blake.

To apply a student must be:

  1. A child or grandchild of an OSWA member in good standing and
  2. Enrolled as a full time student during Winter Term 2015 in a natural resource degree college program

Applicants must provide:

  1. Name, address, phone, and email address
  2. Name, address, and phone for their parent or grandparent who is an OSWA member in good standing
  3. Evidence of being registered as a winter term student in a natural resource college degree, as a junior or senior
  4. A minimum 500 word essay about the applicant’s goals in their professional career following graduation
  5. Letter of recommendation from someone aware of the student’s interest in natural resources such as a parent, grandparent, councilor, employer, etc.

An OSWA Scholarship Committee appointed by the Executive Committee will determine how the scholarships are distributed. It is intended that the successful applicants will receive their scholarships sometime in 2015 during the Winter Term. Application deadline is February 25, 2015.

Applicants do not need to use an official application form, but one is attached to link (**see below**).

Port Blakely has been a longtime supporter of family forest values and a member and supporter of OSWA. They are also a Gold OSWA Patron. Port Blakely Tree Farm is part of the Port Blakely Companies which was founded in 1864 on Bainbridge Island in Washington as Port Blakely Mills. Port Blakely Companies share a common set of values – integrity, respect, quality, innovation, and environmental stewardship. They have a history of supporting family forest owners in Oregon and Washington in a variety of ways.

For a printable copy of this information, click here.

For a helpful application template, click this

Winter 2015 Port Blakely OSWA Scholarship Application