Just the Facts

OTFS Annual Meeting, Workshop, and Recognition Luncheon

Will be held in November 21, 2016 at the World Forestry Center, Portland.
Deadline to register is November 16th. Don't miss out, send your registration today.

View the notice and registration form [1 Mb PDF]


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).
read more...› [351kb PDF]

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The donated principal amount can never be withdrawn.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 or phone inquiries to:
Dick Courter, Standing Chair and Founder
OTFS Memorial Fund
1600 NW Skyline Blvd.
PORTLAND, Ore. 97229
(503) 297-1660

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2015 Oregon Tree Farmers of the Year


Oregon 2015 Tree Farmer of the Year award
Photo: L-R: Three Generations of Defreeses, Dean(son), Lyle, and Dallas (Dean’s daughter)

The Defrees Ranch, LLC of Baker County has been recognized as Oregon's Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. The 1,227-acre property is managed for timber and cattle, and has been in the family for 107 years. The ranch is a model of forest and livestock stewardship.

Lyle Defrees and his son Dean have provided through their management an excellent example of what a healthy forest looks like in an area where lack of management has been one cause of catastrophic wildfires.

The Defreeses manage their mixed-use property for a wide range of ecological as well as economic values, and have made it a "land lab" for students from grade school through college, other landowners, state regulatory agencies, and the public.

“The Defreeses can always be counted on to provide woodland owners, ranchers and anyone else in the community with thoughtful, insightful, well-reasoned and knowledgeable input on any of a host of land management interests or concerns,” said Bob Parker, the Baker County Oregon State University (OSU) Forestry Extension Agent.

Parker added, “Lyle is a meticulous record-keeper, which has given him insights into the costs and benefits of managing livestock and forests. The Defreeses share this information with tree farmers, ranchers and the general public through countless tours and classroom settings.”

Lyle and Dean are continually educating themselves in the scientific knowledge and on-the-ground management of tree farming and ranching. Their forest stands are continuously being improved through thinning, promoting a diverse conifer species mix appropriate for the stand and site conditions.

Their thinning of overstocked stands and slash disposal minimizes tree stress, reducing the risks of insect and disease problems and loss through wildfires.

Their efforts are also include improving wildlife habitats and restoring aspen, a species in decline in eastern and central Oregon.

They are active members of their Oregon Small Woodlands Association Chapter, the Blue Mountain Forest Cooperative, Eastern Oregon Forest Protective Association and OSU's Tree School East Planning Committee.

Oregon County Tree Farmers Recognition

Also honored at this year’s Award Luncheon were Greg and Barbara Vollmer, Benton County; Bill and Mary Potterf, Jackson County; Dave and Karen Bateman, Linn County; and John and Cathy Dummer, Washington County. Read more ...


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