OSWA’s 2018 Successes

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.

Chapter Events:

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.

2017 OSWA Annual Meeting, Workshop & Luncheon


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.



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 jimjamesoswa@yahoo.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.

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

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.

OSWA’s 2015 Legislative Priorities approved by Board

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.

To see get more details and see the complete document, see OSWA’s Legislative Priorities page.

OSWA Legislative Update

Ackerman-Munson, Springer reappointed to Board of Forestry

The Oregon Dept. of Forestry issued this news release today.

Ackerman-Munson, Springer reappointed to Board of Forestry

Sybil Ackerman Photo
Sybil Ackerman

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.

Gary Springer Photo
Gary Springer

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.

More information on the Board of Forestry is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov.

Rod Nichols
Oregon Dept. of Forestry

2014 OSWA Legislative Priorities

The Board has approved OSWA’s Legislative Priorities for 2014.

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.

2014 Legislative Priorities Final Draft

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.

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.


Jim James
Executive Director
Oregon Small Woodlands Association