Family Forest Landowners Associations
|Technical assistance from experts||Person-to-person advice from peers||Grants and financial assistance||Classes||Online resources|
|Oregon Small Woodlands Association||
|Oregon Tree Farm System||
|Oregon Woodland Cooperative||
|Forest Landowners Association||
|National Woodland Owners Association||
Contact: Jim James, executive director
OSWA is the largest organization in the state representing the interests of family forest landowners. It serves as their collective voice in legislative and policy matters, as well as communications with the general public. There are currently 17 Oregon chapters representing 26 counties, with 1,500 members who collectively own over 500,000 acres. OSWA’s vision is to see privately owned family woodlands remain a thriving part of Oregon’s landscape. OSWA members are kept abreast of current forestry research. OSWA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among the forestry community.
Contact: Jim James, OTFS administrator
Phone: 503 362-0242
Many people traveling Oregon’s country roads have seen small green and white, diamond-shaped signs reading “Certified Tree Farm, American Tree Farm System: Wood, Water, Wildlife, Recreation.” As a national organization, the American Tree Farm System has been around since 1941. The sign verifies that the family-owned forest behind the sign is being managed to internationally recognized standards of sustainability. The Tree Farm System also administers the “Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year” program at the county, state, regional and national levels.
Contact: Neil Schroeder
Phone: 503 628-2344
The Oregon Woodland Cooperative is a group of over 70 private, family forest landowners in Oregon. Since 1980, OWC has helped its members realize a profit from the sale of both timber and non-timber products that are sustainably produced on their land, including decorative hardwoods, flooring, firewood, conifer boughs, essential oils, etc. The Co-op also helps members secure forestry technical assistance and supplier discounts. Membership is opn to anyone owning family forestland in Oregon.
Contact: Scott Jones, chief executive officer
Since 1941, FLA has provided its members, who own and operate more than 40 million acres of forestland in 48 states, with education, information and national grass-roots advocacy. FLA advises policymakers on how proposed legislation could affect private forest management.
Contact: Keith Argow, president
NWOA is a nationwide organization in Washington, DC, providing educational programs and services exclusively for family forest landowners. They are affiliated with state landowner associations in 42 states, publish National Woodlands Magazine, and advocate for better state and national programs and laws.