Contacts: Jenny Schweigert, firstname.lastname@example.org, 309-241-8803 Sara Duncan, email@example.com, 503-586-1246 In an effort to advance forestry and agriculture communications, specifically on social media, Oregon Forest & Industries Council and the AgChat Foundation have collaborated to host a one-day training event on January 17. The inaugural Log On 2017 conference is designed for foresters, conservationists, farmers, ranchers, natural resource and agribusiness professionals from across the pacific northwest. Sessions will focus on translating experiences within timber and agriculture to relatable conversations and fostering improved communications with those who may have questions about natural resource operations. An emphasis will be placed on expanding communication of… [Read More]
Forestry and Conservation Groups Launch Oregon Managed Forest Image Contest ****SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM TO SUBMIT AN IMAGE!**** Oregon Forest & Industries Council, National Wild Turkey Federation, Oregon Tree Farms System, and Oregon Society of American foresters today launched a state-wide image contest entitled “Forestry in Focus.” The contest, which is open to Oregon natural resource professionals and students, provides an opportunity for those who work in and around Oregon’s forests to proudly display their pride, commitment and enjoyment for being innovative stewards of one of Oregon’s most important natural resources. “For those who live, work and play in the… [Read More]
Annually, the Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year (OTFY) award recognizes four Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers out of the 74,000 Tree Farmers nationwide. These are private landowners that have done an exceptional job of forest management on their property and are also actively promoting sustainable forestry. Through this award program, these individuals are honored as leaders in good forestry while their land demonstrates the benefits of good forest management. The AFF governance and the ATFS community then select a national awardee from among the regional awardees. Since the program began 40 years ago, Oregon tree farmers have been honored with… [Read More]
So you think you know a sawmill? Men dressed in overalls on either side of a big log working a two sided saw back and forth, logs rumbling down rickety tracks, burly guys running lengths of board through a circular saw listening for the sound of the lunch whistle? Not anymore. The basic elements of a sawmill are still the same: logs go in on one side and lumber comes out on the other. That’s pretty much where the similarities end, though. Today’s sawmill is nothing like sawmills of settlement times or even just a decade ago. Modern sawmills are… [Read More]
OFIC is currently seeking to fill the Director of Forest Protection position. The Director of Forest Protection will represent OFIC and its member companies to state agencies, boards and commissions, and state legislators on public policy and legislation affecting all manner of forest protection and health issues, including those related to the Oregon Forest Practices Act, the federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the Pesticides Program administered by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and similar regulatory programs. The Director of Forest Protection will work in close liaison with Oregon’s 12 Forest Protection Associations supporting the state’s complete and coordinated wildfire… [Read More]
The allotted budget increased 50 percent over 2015 levels but still debate continues over how best to manage Forest Service funds.
Due to extreme weather and forest fuel conditions, firefighters have mere hours to stop fires. As a result, crews are increasingly relying on air support to help tame the blazes.