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Our Tree Farmers of the Year

Pam & Jock Dalton

Shady Place LLC

2024 Oregon Tree Farmers of the Year!

Meet Pam & Jock and learn more about their tree farm from the video above--or read our Co-Chairs' letter about them in their Summer 2024 letter, found in our In the Loop section.

Jim & Ed Merzenich

Oak Basin Tree Farm

2023 Oregon Tree Farmers of the Year

Dave & Mary Ann Bugni

ESTACADA, Ore. – David Bugni and his wife, Mary Ann, believe in leaving the forest on their land near Estacada in Clackamas County better than they found it. The Bugnis’ careful stewardship has earned them the 2022 Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year title.

For more than a decade, the Bugnis have planted about 500 tree seedlings of diverse native species each year on their property. They also work to protect the native ecosystem by keeping out invasive species, such as holly, blackberry and reed canary grass. To benefit wildlife, each year they girdle seven trees to create snags. Many birds and mammals, build nests in the dead trees or use them as hunting perches. The snags are also food for a variety of insects eaten by woodpeckers. Improving fish habitat is also important to the Bugnis. They are involved with the Clackamas River Basin Council’s “Shade Our Streams” program. As part of that program, they have planted over 6,000 native deciduous and conifer trees and shrubs along over 1,800 feet of Suter Creek, which runs through their land. Two other projects have restored two miles of Suter Creek and opened up over five miles of creek to migrating salmon and steelhead. 

Ed Easterling

Benton County, Ore. — Ed Easterling is Oregon's Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year 2021 and National Finalist/Western Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year 2022. Ed's Crestmont Farm Family started in 2005 and now consists of 1,600 adjacent acres on the west side of Corvallis. 

 

His objectives as a Tree Farmer include integrating agricultural production with habitat management to produce income while enhancing habitat for native plants, wildlife, and people. Ed seeks to create long-term value by producing materials that support improving people's lives and demonstrate responsible natural resource stewardship.

 

Ed's Crestmont Farm Family includes century-old naturally grown mixed-species forests, conifer plantations, silvopasture grazing stands, oak woodlands and savanna, pasture grazing for cattle, and habitats for several threatened and endangered species. Ed brings passion, drive, and creativity to tree farming and works closely with resource partners and other woodland owners. The Crestmont Farm Family has hosted numerous tours and events and includes Crestmont Land Trust, a diversely forested nonprofit land trust dedicated to public recreation, education, research, and habitat conservation.

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National Tree Farmers of the Year

Oregon joined the Tree Farm System in 1941 and has selected an Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year every year since 1966. Oregon has had five National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year award winners:

2016 | Baker County | Lyle & Dean Defrees

2006 | Lane County |  Bob & Margaret Kintigh

2002 | Linn County  | Ron & Barbara Bentz

1993 | Curry County | Wayne & Colleen Kreiger

1982 | Linn County | Bert & Betty Udell 

Western US Regional Tree Farmers of the Year

Oregon has had nineteen Western Regional Tree Farmers of the Year award winners, the most of any state in the US.

2022 | Benton County | Ed Easterling

2016 | Baker County | Lyle & Dean Defrees

2014 | Douglas County | Audrey & Rick Barnes

2013 | Douglas County | Bill & Joan Arsenault

2010 | Linn County | Jim Cota, Scott & Robbie Melcher

2008 | Klamath County | Bob Mezger

2006 | Lane County |  Bob & Margaret Kintigh

2004 | Baker County | Chris & Donna Heffernan

2002 | Linn County  | Ron & Barbara Bentz

2000 | Washington County | Richard & Anne Hanschu

1998 | Linn County | Lynn & Linda Butts

1997 | Washington County | K.C. & Joanne Van Natta

1993 | Curry County | Wayne & Colleen Kreiger

1992 | Wallowa County | Leo Goebel & Bob Jackson

1990 | Linn County | Bob Mealey

1988 | Coos County | Bob Mahaffy

1984 | Wendell Harmon

1982 | Linn County | Bert & Betty Udell 

1978 | Lee Hoover

Oregon State Tree Farmers of the Year

Some of the most recent Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year award recipients are listed below:

2024 | Polk | Pam & Jock Dalton

2023 | Linn | Jim & Ed Merzenich

2022 | Clackamas | Dave & Mary Ann Bugni

2021 | Benton County | Ed Easterling

2019 | Lane County | Gail & Gordon Culbertson

2018 | Benton County | Oaks Family

2017 | Lane County | Steve & Wylda Cafferata

2016 | Lane County | Dave & Diann Rankin

2015 | Baker County | Lyle & Dean Defrees

2014 | Linn County | Linda Butts

2013 | Douglas County | Rick & Audrey Barnes

2012 | Douglas County | Bill & Joan Arsenault

2011 | Klamath County | Jim & Phyllis Dalm

2010 | Union County | Harry Merlo

2009 | Linn County | Jim Cota, Scott & Robbie Melcher

2008 | Union County | Ted & Mary Brown

2007 | Klamath County | Beb Mezger

2006 | Benton County | Ken & Karin Faulk

2005 | Lane County | Bob Kintigh

2004 | Lane County | Steve Woodward

2003 | Christ & Donna Heffernan

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