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Four generations of the Oakes family, Family Forest Landowners, announced as Oregon’s 2018 “Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year“

Oakes family Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year

Photo: L to R: Don Oakes, Darrell (son), Rachel Unrein (granddaughter), Kayla Carr (great granddaughter),
Natalie Unrein (great granddaughter), and Dan Carr (grandson). Missing from the picture are presenters
Lisa Northrop, Deputy Regional Forester, PNW Region, USDA-FS and Lena Tucker, Private Forests Division Chief,
Oregon Depart. of Forestry.

Silverton, OR (October 27, 2018) –
The Oregon Tree Farm System has announced the Oakes family from Benton County as Oregon’s 2018 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. Their efforts were honored Saturday, October 27th, during an awards luncheon at The Oregon Garden in Silverton.

The Oakes own several parcels of forest land, approximately 800 acres, west of Monroe and near Alsea in Benton County, and in northern Lane County. The homestead parcel, west of Monroe, was purchased in 1883 by Don Oakes’ great-grandfather. Their forests are currently being cared for by four generations.

For 52 years, the Oregon Tree Farm System 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

OTFS Recognition Luncheon, Workshop, and Annual Meeting

Will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the Oregon Garden & Resort in Silverton, OR.
Additional details will be posted here as they become available.


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

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:

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 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
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.