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Family Forest Landowners Steve and Wylda Cafferata Announced as
Oregon’s 2017 “Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year”

Steve and Wylda Cafferata Oregon's 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

Photo: L to R: State Forester Peter Daugherty, Wylda & Steve Cafferata
Dianne Guidry, USFS-Region 6

Silverton, OR (October 21st, 2017) –

The Oregon Tree Farm System on Saturday announced Steve and Wylda Cafferata of Springfield as Oregon's 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Their work was celebrated during an awards luncheon at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.


For 51 years, the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide forest benefits and products using sound forestry management.

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

OTFS Recognition Luncheon, Workshop, and Annual Meeting

Will be held on October 27, 2018, at the Oregon Garden & Resort, Silverton, OR.
OTFS Recognition Luncheon, Workshop, and Meeting Brochure.


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.

Stewardship Plan Cost Share

This fall [2018], the Oregon Department of Forestry expects to have some funds available to cost share development of stewardship plans [aka, management plans]. These funds are usually limited – early applicants have a better chance of obtaining funds. Contact your ODF Stewardship Forester for information and an application. Stewardship Forester contact information: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/FindAForester.aspx

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

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)

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.