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Tax Tips for Tax Year 2016


This report provides up-to-date federal income tax information affecting timber transactions. It assists woodland owners, logging professionals, foresters and their tax accountants in filing the 2016 tax returns. The information presented here is for educational purpose only and is not intended for legal or accounting advice. It is current as of September 30, 2016.” Source: Timbertax.org link: https://www.timbertax.org/publications/fs/taxtips/TaxTips2016.pdf


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


OTFS NEWSLETTERS

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

Family Forest News – a joint OSWA / OTFS Newsletter


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

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.

Just the Facts

OTFS Annual Meeting, Workshop, and Recognition Luncheon

Will be held at the Oregon Garden [Silverton], on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
Details and registration information will be posted here as they become available….


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.