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News and Newsletters

News from the Oregon Tree Farm System

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF): Other News

Fire Danger Information

ODF fire restrictions & closures

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center

National Interagency Fire Center

Log Prices

ODF Timber Sales, Log Price & Scaling Information

Random Lengths

Log Lines

USDA Forest Service Timber and Log Price Reports

Oregon Timber Tax News

Changes have occurred to the timber tax program at Revenue Online. Read more about these changes.

Family Forest News – a joint OSWA / OTFS Newsletter

Currently we have the following issues of Family Forest News posted for you to view.

Family Forest News May 2021 [3.4Mb]

Family Forest News February 2021 [7.6Mb]

Family Forest News August 2020 [6.8Mb]

OSWA June 2020 [2.1Mb]

OSWA March 2020 [2.5Mb]

Family Forest News September 2019 [4Mb]

Family Forest News May 2019 [8Mb]

OSWA February 2019 [8Mb]

OSWA November 2018 [3Mb]

OSWA August 2018 [14Mb]

OSWA April 2018 [8Mb]

OSWA February 2018 [10Mb]

OSWA November 2017 [12Mb]

OSWA October 2017 [3Mb]

OSWA August 2017 [8Mb]

OSWA May 2017 [6Mb]

OSWA January 2017 [10.40Mb]

OSWA October 2016 [7.97Mb]

OSWA July 2016 [6.62Mb]

OSWA February 2016 [4.11Mb]

OSWA October 2015 [9.10Mb]

OSWA August 2015 [3.38Mb]

OSWA October 2014 [8.23Mb]

OSWA April 2014 [9.45Mb]

OSWA January 2014 [6.57Mb]

OSWA October 2013 [14.9Mb]

OSWA July 2013 [8.4Mb]

OSWA May 2013 [1.5Mb]

OSWA February 2013 [4.05Mb]

OSWA Jnuary 2012 [4.60Mb]

Questions, comments or concerns can be addressed to the Newsletter management of the respective organizations.


Currently we have the following newsletters available for you to view. For more recent newsletters, see OSWA / OTFS Newsletter [Family Forest News].

Spring 2012

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

Fall 2010

Spring 2010

Fall 2009

Spring 2009

Fall 2008

Fall 2007

Fall 2006

Fall 2005

Spring 2005

Questions, comments or concerns can be addressed to:

Oregon Tree Farm Systems
PO Box 13556
Salem, OR 97309-1556

Just the Facts

Family Forest Convention
[joint OTFS/OSWA annual meeting]

will be held July 23, 2021. We anticipate this meeting will include:

2019 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Woods Tour will happen on August 21, 2021.

Additional information and updates will be provided here as they are 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:
  [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 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.