The Oregon Tree Farm System has announced that Lane County family forest landowners Dave and Dianne Rankin are Oregon’s 2016 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. The honor was celebrated at the organization’s annual awards luncheon held November 21st at the World Forestry Center in Portland.
Income, recreation, and fish and wildlife habitat are the forest management objectives that have guided the Rankins for the 43 years they have owned their 194 acres of forestlands located just south of Florence.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 1, 2016)
The American Tree Farm System had announced earlier this month that the recipients of last year’s Oregon award, the Defrees family from Baker County, have been selected as this year’s American Tree Farm System 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year, and will be honored as recipients of this national award on Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C.
This is the 50th year the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide an array of forest values and products through the management of their forestlands, as well as also actively promoting sustainable forest management in their communities.The American Tree Farm System and state chapters are internationally recognized forest certification programs operated by and for family forest landowners to promote sound forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.
The Memorial Fund can accept donations from persons or organizations as Memorials, as Honorariums, or as Special Gifts. Donations can be cash, property, securities or any other form of wealth acceptable to the Fund Administrator. Current donations amount to slightly over $30K working for OTFS through security investments.
The donated principal amount can never be withdrawn. Only interest, dividends, long and short term capital gains, and/or investment gain can be removed from the Memorial Fund as measured by a clear formula applied yearly at December 31.
The Memorial Fund was designed to provide property owners an opportunity to offer conditional or non-conditional property gifts, for example, Family Tree Farms.
Conditional gifts could carry a written contractual agreement instructing the Fund Administrator how that donation must be handled. The landowner may instruct the Memorial Fund to manage the property for benefit of the Memorial Fund or any other named beneficiary.
Alternatively, instructions may provide the Memorial Fund direction for selling the property. Conditional gifts must be approved by the Fund Administrator before acceptance. Inquiries held in strictest confidence.
Please send your donations, phone, or email inquiries to:
Dick Courter, Standing Chair and Founder
OTFS Memorial Fund
1600 NW Skyline Blvd.
PORTLAND, Ore. 97229