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Oregon Tree Farm System, Inc (OTFS)


Was your woodland damaged by wildfire in 2020 or 2021?
See “Links” above for wildfire recovery help.

In Memoriam: Mike Atkinson 1938-2021 – see “News” above

Candidates for 2020 Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Tree Farmer of the Year Candidates. You can view the videos HERE!

. . . . . And the decision is in . . . . . .

Ed Easterling announced as Oregon’s 2020
“Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year“

Salem, OR- Ed Easterling of Benton County has been selected as the 2020 Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year. Easterling’s 1,600 acres sit within the Corvallis area and has been in his ownership for over 15 years. His objectives as a Tree Farmer are to integrate agricultural production with habitat management to produce income while enhancing habitat for native plant species, wildlife, and people. Specific objectives include: (1) create long-term economic value by producing materials that support the improvement of people’s lives, and (2) demonstrating responsible natural resource stewardship.

In the past five years, Easterling has focused on improving the quality of plantations and naturally grown stands, harvesting merchantable timber, reforestation, enhancing habitat, and developing and maintaining access and logistics.

Ed brings passion, drive, and creativity to tree farming. He’s found unique ways to integrate habitat management and timber production while maintaining success. His farm has been host to multiple tours and events, promoting education and collaborating with organizations to promote tree farming.

Maurizio and Allison Valerio are the runner up for 2020 Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year. Their approximate 480 acres are located outside Union, Oregon and has been in their ownership for the last 21 years.

They focus a majority of their time and education objectives on youth outreach. The Valerio family started education efforts with their own kids, and expanded their outreach to schools and other programs.

Although the woodland has been in their ownership for 21 years, Maurizio says he doesn’t own the land; he is just borrowing it for now. He feels a duty to leave it better than he found it, and doesn’t limit himself to conventional ways of thinking when trying new things.

For years, the Oregon Tree Farm System, Inc (OTFS) has recognized family forest landowners who provide forest benefits and products using sound forestry management principles.

The American Tree Farm System and its state chapters operate an internationally recognized forest certification program overseen by and for family forest landowners to promote sustainable forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.

OTFS and the Oregon Department of Forestry share the goal of family forest landowners voluntarily improving the health of their forests. Both provide assistance in the development of forest management plans using a jointly developed plan template.

The American Tree Farm System and its state chapters operate an internationally recognized forest certification program overseen by and for family forest landowners to promote sustainable forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.

 

Just the Facts

Stewardship Plan Cost Share

Periodically, the Oregon Department of Forestry may have funds available to cost share development of stewardship plans [aka, forest management plans]. To find out if funds are available, contact your local ODF Stewardship Forester. Stewardship Forester contact information can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/FindAForester.aspx


Contact the OTFS

We welcome your comments about our website, articles, or information presented on this website. Contact Steve Vaught by email at:
  [Be sure to put "OTFS" in the subject line]
or Contact OTFS at 503-588-1813


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 over $100K 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, Inc (OTFS) Education Video Series

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
Note: Contact Number is 503-588-1813

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.