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About Us

Stewardship | Fellowship | Education | Advocacy

You don't have to scratch very deep to find these core elements, embodied equally at the state and chapter level for Oregon Small Woodlands Association members. However varied Oregon woodland owners are--from years of experience, size and location of property, management styles and goals--one thing unites us:
we love our woodlands.

We are committed to their health and resilience.
And we love talking about them. 

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Our Chapter

We are an active chapter, with membership from the Coast Range to the Cascades. Our shared commitment is to support one another in keeping our forests healthy and resilient. Our Board is committed to serving as a connecting link between all Lane County small woodland owners and our chapter–as well as to the myriad issues that concern all of us who love our forest properties. 

Please feel free to contact us at oswa.lane.county@gmail.com with any questions about our chapter, attending a chapter-sponsored event or board meeting, getting involved in local or state issues regarding forestry–or anything related to small woodland ownership in Oregon. We will get back to you promptly and connect you with the member who can best answer your question or direct you to someone who can. 

We look forward to getting to know you!

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Meet Some of Our Members

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Sue Zeni
Zeni Tree Farm

Sue Zeni was selected as our 2023 Lane County Tree Farmer of the Year. Many of us were fortunate enough to spend a fall morning touring her property and marvelling at her redwoods.


Sue's video (as well as the other county nominees for State Tree Farmer of the Year) can be found on the 

Family Forests of Oregon YouTube channel.

Seedling Sale Wizard

Rain or shine, Lindsay Reeves organizes and orchestrates the annual Seedling and Native Plant Sale at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. Although she would say a committee makes it happen, we all know it's really Lindsay who is the wizard behind the curtain.

 

Make sure to mark your calendar for the first Saturday of February to see the magic for yourself!

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The Amazing Cafferatas

The Cafferata family received the First Family of Oregon Forestry Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters at the SAF Annual Meeting in April 2022. It is hard not to be awed by the level of knowledge, generosity of spirit and dedication to forest health and resilience embodied by Steve and Wylda and the whole Cafferata clan.
 

Click to read the SAF press release

Celebrating Stewardship

However belatedly, in August of 2022 we were finally able to celebrate Gordon & Gail Culbertson as Tree Farmers of the Year. Gathering at their Whitewater Tree Farm off of Penn Road, participants spent a day learning about the management activities that the Culbertsons have engaged in over the years, culminating in a picnic and award presentations. 

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Tree Farmers of the Year

Many woodland owners, in Oregon and throughout the US, go the "extra mile" to have their properties certified under the American Tree Farm System (in Oregon, OTFS or the Oregon Tree Farm System). Each year, OWSA chapters nominate a woodland ownership to be honored as Tree Farmer of the Year. Some go on to receive recognition at the state, regional and national levels as embodiments of woodland stewardship at the highest level. Lane County is no exception--and we have honored some amazing tree farms and tree farmers over the years!

Click on the links below to see videos from past years' amazing tree farmers!

2023: Sue Zeni | Zeni Tree Farm

2022: Diane Kaldahl | Rail Creek Tree Farm

2021: Darrick & Shannon Salyers | Salyers Family Tree Farm & Ranch

2020: Sara Leiman & Ed Cummings | Coast Range Conifers

2019: Gordon & Gail Culbertson | Whitewater Forest

2018: Linda Hull | Hull Timber Ranch, LLC

2017: Wylda & Steve Cafferata | Cafferata Family Forests, Deerhorn Property

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Some of Our Forest Stewardship Partners

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