A statewide membership meeting of the Oregon Tree Farm System (OTFS) is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5. The Zoom meeting will begin at 8 a.m. with its main purpose to select a slate of new board members. Following the half-hour members’ meeting, there will be a board meeting which includes a facilitated workshop on redefining the organization’s purpose, mission, vision, and strategies. OTFS members are encouraged to attend. A Zoom link will be sent out the week of the meeting, according to Scott Hayes, Oregon Tree Farm System chair. For people who do not have an e-mail set up with OTFS, contact the Oregon Small Woodlands Association in Salem at 503-588-1813.
The Oregon Tree Farm System, Inc is a non-profit organization affiliated with the American Tree Farm System and American Forest Foundation. According to its website, its purpose is to help family forest landowners manage their lands with the goal of conserving forests, water, and wildlife while promoting natural resource-based recreational opportunities.
Candidates for the board of directors are Dick Beers, Jim Cathcart, Ed Easterling, David Ehlers, Lauren Grand, Scott Hayes, Joe Holmberg, Jamie Knight, and Steve Vaught. Holmberg is a member of the Linn County Small Woodlands Association. Wylda and Steve Cafferata of Lane County are slated to be elected as the incoming co-chairs for the OTFS. The board workshop will follow Friday afternoon.
Author Paul Werder will serve as facilitator for that effort. He is the founder of LionHeart Consulting Inc. and has done consulting work for nonprofits and businesses including Leatherman Tool Group and Powell’s Books.
Board members will continue the meeting Saturday, Nov. 6 with adjournment expected by noon.