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Family Forest Landowners Dave and Diane Rankin Announced as
Oregon’s 2016 “Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year”

Rankin Family Oregon's 2016 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

Photo: L-R: Dave and Diane Rankin and Family

PORTLAND, OR (November 21, 2016) –

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)

Baker Country Defrees Family 2016 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year

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.

 

Just the Facts

OTFS Annual Meeting, Workshop, and Recognition Luncheon

Will be held in November of 2017 at the World Forestry Center, Portland.

Check back in the fall of 2017 for more details, a registration form, and application.


OTFS Inspector WANTED

Do you know a forester, or retired forester, that may be interested in becoming an OTFS Inspector? Inspectors need to have training to become an OTFS Inspector. If you or someone you know would be interested, please send an e-mail to:

Michael Atkinson, OTFS Inspector Coordinator,


Training will take place at a date to be announced.


What to do if a Natural Disaster Happens to Your Tree Farm

Just before the recent severe weather events that took place in and around Almsville, Oregon in early December of 2010, the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) announced their
Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)   [351kb PDF]


Contact the OTFS

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The Oregon Tree Farm Memorial Fund

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
(503) 297-1660

Oregon Tree Farm System Education Video Series

These videos are being re-done and the series will be available again when that project is completed.

OTFS Video - A Forest Legacy (5 min)

A Forest Legacy
running time  5:00

OTFS Video - Wood Production (9 min)

Wood Production
running time  9:00

OTFS Video - Wood Production (8 min)

Water Quality
running time  8:00

OTFS Video - Recreation (6 min)

Recreation
running time  6:00

OTFS Video - Wildlife Habitat (5 min)

Wildlife Habitat
running time  5:00

OTFS Video - History Preserved (6 min)

History Preserved
running time  6:00

OTFS Video - Public Education (7 min)

Public Education
running time  7:00

OTFS Video - member Benefits (5 min)

Member Benefits
running time  5:00

Other Interesting Video from members

Skidder Used to Thin Forest

Oregon Tree Farmer Jeff VanNatta operating a Morgan SX-70 skidder to thin their forest in Northwest Oregon. You can watch the YouTube video below.