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Awards & Recognition

Recognizing the Best Oregon Tree Farm System Members

Outstanding Tree Farms Awards Program

Now is the time to start thinking about that Tree Farmer of the Year nominee.
Nominations are due in June and it takes time to evaluate the entries.
Contact Dick Courter genetechs at aaahawk dot com for the nomination form.

National Tree Farmer 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:

National Tree Farmer of the Year
Year County Recipient
2016 Baker Lyle & Dean Defrees
2006 Lane Bob & Margaret Kintigh
2002 Linn Ron and Barbara Bentz
1993 Curry Wayne and Colleen Krieger
1982 Linn Bert and Betty Udell

Western US Regional Tree Farmer of the Year

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

Western US Regional Tree Farmer of the Year
Year County Recipient
2016 Baker Lyle & Dean Defrees
2014 Douglas Audrey & Rick Barnes
2013 Douglas Bill & Joan Arsenault
2010 Linn Jim Cota, Scott & Robbie Melcher
2008 Klamath Bob Mezger
2006 Linn Bob & Margaret Kintigh
2004 Baker Chris & Donna Heffernan
2002 Linn Ron & Barbara Bentz
2000 Washington Richard & Anne Hanschu
1998 Linn Lynn & Linda Butts
1997 Washington K. C. & Joanne Van Natta
1993 Curry Wayne & Colleen Krieger
1992 Wallowa Leo Goebel & Bob Jackson
1990 Linn Bob Mealey
1988 Coos Bob Mahaffy
1987 Wallowa Howard & Muriel Johnson
1986 Benton Charles & Elsie Ross
1984   Wendell Harmon
1982 Linn Bert & Betty Udell
1978   Lee Hoover

State Tree Farmer of the Year

The most recent Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year award winners are shown below.

State Tree Farmer of the Year
Year County Recipient
2017 Lane Steve & Wylda Cafferata
2016 Lane Dave & Dianne Rankin
2015 Baker Lyle & Dean Defrees
2014 Linn Linda Butts
2013 Douglas Rick & Audrey Barnes
2012 Douglas Bill & Joan Arsenault
2011 Klamath Jim & Phyllis Dalm
2010 Union Harry Merlo
2009 Linn Jim Cota; Scott & Robbie Melcher
2008 Union Ted & Mary Brown
2007 Klamath Bob Mezger
2006 Benton Ken & Karin Faulk
2005 Lane Bob Kintigh
2004 Lane Steve Woodard
2003 Baker Chris & Donna Heffernan

County Tree Farmers of the Year Awards

Recent County Tree Farmer of the Year award winners are shown below.

2017 County Tree Farmer of the Year
County Recipient
Clackamas Bob and Marianne Kahl
Columbia Eve Lonnquist
Klamath Ken and Linda Dollinger
Lincoln Mike Newton
Linn Ivan and Rebecca Wolthuis
Polk Dave Hibbs and Sarah Karr
Washington Steve and Lynn Harrel
Yamhill Edward and Patricia Zakocs
2016 County Tree Farmer of the Year
County Recipient
Clackamas The Jack Thronson Family
Lincoln Nicholas & Megan Dahl
Linn Joe & Shirley Holmberg
Washington Mel & Wendy Mortensen
Yamhill Susan Watkins & Arnie Hollander
2015 County Tree Farmer of the Year
County Recipient
Benton Greg & Barbara Vollmer
Jackson Bill & Mary Potterf
Linn Dave & Karen Bateman
Washington John & Kathy Dummer
2014 County Tree Farmer of the Year
County Recipient
Benton Mike & Molly Albrecht
Clackamas John Poppino
Douglas Bob & Naomi Ragon
Jackson Jim & LaVonne Stumbo
Lane Jim Christian
Lincoln Peter & Alice Bregman
Linn Linda Butts
Union Harlan Scott
Washington Chuck Price
Yamhill Brian Doyle
2013 County Tree Farmer of the Year
County Recipient
Benton Paul Lorenz
Clackamas Matt & Beth Twist
Douglas Rick & Audrey Barnes
Jackson Michael & Barbara Meredith
Linn Rod & Ann Bardell
Washington Sam Sadtler
2012 County Tree Farmer of the Year
County Recipient
Benton Wayne & Verlyne Phillips
Columbia Keasey Family Tree Farm
Jackson Ed & Jody Reilly
Lane Derrick & Shannon Salyers
Lincoln Dave Schmidt
Linn Jim & Ed Merzenich
Polk Bob & Kay Feldman
Yamhill Roger Fendall
2011 County Tree Farmer of the Year
County Recipient
Benton Jerry O’ Brien
Clackamas Dave Harmon
Coos Dean & Jane Muffet
Lane Ron & Karen Gilson
Lincoln Bill & Virginia McKinnie
Linn Henry & Mollie Wolthuis
Washington Terry & Jan Howell
Yamhill Mike Barnes
2010 County Tree Farmer of the Year
County Recipient
Benton Tom & Karen Harding
Clackamas Frank Schenck
Douglas Johannes & Catharina Besseling
Klamath Bill Ganong
Linn Dale & Shirley Crocker
Polk Hal & Elin Hagglund
Union Harry A. Merlo
Washington John Mulhollund Family

Just the Facts

OTFS Annual Meeting, Workshop, and Recognition Luncheon

Will be held in October of 2018. Details will be posted as they develop.


OTFS Inspector WANTED

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)   [351kb PDF]


Contact the OTFS

We welcome your comments about our website, articles, or information presented on this website. Contact Steve Vaught by email at:


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)

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

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.