To read OSWA’s Testimony dated March 1, 2019, please click here.
Oregon Small Woodlands Association
HB 2020 Recommendations to Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction Members
May 3, 2019 Corrected April 26, 2019 comments
Re: HB 2020 Cap & Trade Bill as currently written has many flaws
My name is Jim James. I am the Executive Director of Oregon Small Woodlands Association, an organization that represents the interests of Oregon’s family forest owners. Although, Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA) has no position on HB 2020, if HB 2020 becomes law, there are many changes it will need to make to be successful in meeting its goals in Oregon.
Preliminary Estimate of the Cost for Oregon to Convert to Alternative Fuel Vehicles
4/22/19 Greg Peterson PE
Before starting a new undertaking, stakeholders should know the scope, schedule, and cost, but unfortunately with HB 2020, and its many amendments, this has been obscured, so that very few Oregonians know what is involved with the scope of HB2020, particularly the cost of replacing most internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles with alternatives fuel vehicles (AFV). Based on currently available vehicles, this memo will provide a preliminary opinion of the cost to convert to electric vehicles(EVs).
Thanks for tuning in to learn about some of Oregon Small Woodland Association’s 2018 Successes. 2018 was another busy and productive year for OSWA!
Here are some highlights:
At the Capitol:
OSWA was successful with its priority efforts at the 2018 Legislative short session. The $500,000 Eastside Fire Tax Relief, which was dropped during the 2017 session, was reinstated; additional state funding was provided for Sudden Oak Death (SOD) control in the south coast area; and the Oregon Department of Forestry received additional funding to pay for the expensive 2017 fire season.
A Carbon and Invest issue was introduced during the short session. It failed to get any traction, but the legislature promised a carbon bill in 2019. OSWA has been participating in the governor’s Natural Resource Carbon Working Lands Committee and Oregon Department of Forestry’s Carbon Working Group on Carbon issues. The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) will be advising our lobbyist, Roger Beyer, on this issue. Roger is well respected in Salem and did an outstanding job of achieving OSWA’s priorities in 2018.
Board of Forestry:
OSWA participated in a Department of Forestry Smoke Management Review committee throughout 2017. A revised smoke management policy and rules are out for review and should be approved in 2019. The new rules will allow more prescribed burning in an effort to help mitigate the smoke associated with large wildfires while focusing on public health. Participants in the committee included the Department of Environmental Quality, forest landowners, health organizations, cities, and counties.
OSWA continues to be engaged with the Board of Forestry on upcoming issues such as riparian rules in the Siskiyou and Eastside Regions and possible rules associated with Marbled Murrelets.
OSWA’s Annual Meeting:
Over 180 members enjoyed OSWA’s 58th Annual Meeting in Springfield hosted by the Lane County chapter. Participants were treated to mill tours on June 28th, a full day of informational sessions focusing on the theme ‘Managing Family Forests into the Future” and an enjoyable Awards Banquet on June 29th, and 140 participated in the 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year woods tour on Steve and Wylda Cafferata’s Family Forest on June 30th.
Neighbor to Neighbor Woods Tours:
In addition to the Cafferata Family tour, OSWA conducted three other Neighbor to Neighbor woods tours. One in Benton, Jackson, and Washington Counties and also hosted an event in Pendleton, to develop a new chapter for Morrow/Umatilla Counties.
Publications and Announcements:
Members received quarterly publications of the Oregon Family Forest News and the Northwest Woodlands magazine as well as Action Alerts and Legislative Updates.
Chapters held many local events and educational meetings plus kept members informed with their newsletters.
Membership grew 6% in 2018, slightly higher than the 4% in 2016 & 2017.
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.
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.”
The Ridge Tree Farm Challenges when Managing a Young Forest
Saturday, August 15th 8:30 am to Noon
Registration Required To Register email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
At OSWA’s September 2014 Board meeting, the board approved OSWA’s 2015 Legislative Priorities. The
2015 Legislative Session is a full session that will focus on State agency budgets and the ever increasing demand for school funding. With two consecutive high cost fire seasons, the issue of how to pay for fighting fires in Oregon will be an issue to watch. OSWA’s strategy will be to protect the funding we successfully lobbied for in 2013 and oppose unfair tax increases including any attempt to have landowners pay a larger portion of firefighting costs.
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry issued this news release today.
Ackerman-Munson, Springer reappointed to Board of Forestry
Sybil Ackerman-Munson of Damascus and Gary Springer of Corvallis have been reappointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. On Sept. 17, the Oregon State Senate confirmed the reappointment of Ackerman-Munson to a second term running July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2018. Springer’s second term is May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2018.
Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted the two nominations to the Senate rules Committee on Aug. 25.
Ackerman-Munson has her own small business as an advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in effective grant making. She currently serves as a consultant for the Resources Legacy Fund, Burning Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, and Jubitz Family Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Lazar Foundation.
She was previously employed by many prestigious environmental organizations and has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to craft solutions to complex policy challenges. In addition to her position on the Board of Forestry, she has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governor’s Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan revision subcommittee.
Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages an 80-acre tree farm in Harlan. He holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from Oregon State University. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Springer was a partner in Springer Logging, his family’s contract logging business. He has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands.
He currently serves on the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Oregon Society of American Foresters executive committees, and on research advisory committees at the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry. He has also served on the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board.
Ackerman-Munson and Springer were appointed to their first terms on the Board of Forestry in 2010 by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
The Board of Forestry consists of seven governor-appointed members, with the Oregon State Forester serving as secretary. The term of office is four years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive full terms. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote management of Oregon’s public and private forests that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
The 2014 Legislative Session is a short session (35 days) and the legislature will likely be focusing on state budget issues such as how to pay for the $30MM+/- unfunded cost of fighting fires in Oregon this fire season. OSWA’s strategy will be to protect the funding we lobbied for in 2013 and oppose any unfair tax increases. We will use the 2014 session to introduce legislative concepts that we will focus on in the 2015 session such as land use parity with ag lands to construct a second home on forestland when landowner needs family assistance. OSWA has also been engaged in preliminary discussions about a possible state Catastrophic Reforestation Assistance program in locations designated as a catastrophe by the state forester. Attached is a list of OSWA’s 2014 Priorities.