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April 22, 2013
Lena Tucker, 503-945-7529
Cynthia Orlando, 503-945-7421
Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Jamie Knight has received the Western Regional Tree Farm (OTFS) "Inspector of the Year" designation, a significant commendation to Knight, ODF’s Northeast Oregon District, and the agency as a whole.What is a tree farm?
Private, family-owned forests are vital to our country’s clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational activities, and producing the jobs, wood, and paper products American’s need. There are 779 tree farms in Oregon, and the Tree Farm System works to give people the tools they need to be effective stewards of these forests. When assisting forestland owners with their properties, tree farm inspectors typically assess things like reforestation, fish and wildlife, recreation opportunities, water quality, and general management of sustainable forests.
An Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) stewardship forester working in LaGrande, Knight has a long history of Tree Farm volunteering and other activities that support family forest landowners and stewardship of Oregon's forests; she completed 11 inspections last year. While inspection activity is a requisite, equal emphasis is placed on promotion of the Tree Farm System and involvement in the forestry community in general. A National Fire Plan forester and an employee with ODF for 13 years, Knight holds degrees in wildland fire management and forest technology. Married for eight years, she has a seven-year old daughter, and is currently enrolled at Eastern Oregon University working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Natural Resources.
Her supervisor Mark Jacques states, “She always readily accepts new or added responsibilities. She fills whatever expertise void we have, including being our aerial observer after lightning storms, doing wildfire news releases, or helping develop Fire incident action plans for extended attack fires.”
In addition to performing tree farm inspections, Knight performs a variety of duties for ODF in northeast Oregon, including manager of the Blue Mountain Western Larch Cooperative Orchard. This project is still in its infancy. The concept is to grow grafted larch in an orchard setting to meet the seed shortfalls being felt in northeast Oregon and southeast Washington.
Four finalists compete for national title
Among four finalists (North Central Region, Southern Region, Northeast Region, and Western Region), Knight now moves into position to compete for the National Tree Farm Inspector of the Year title at the National Tree Farm Convention in Minneapolis this July. She has a one in four chance of earning the national title.
“These four outstanding inspectors were selected based on their demonstrated commitment to the American Tree Farm System – not only certifying and inspecting woodlands, but also promoting the Tree Farm System as well as being actively engaged with their state committee and greater forestry community,” Bettina Ring, American Forest Foundation’s Senior Vice President for Family Forests said.
To find out more about the Oregon Small Woodlands Association:www.oswa.org/
Photo of Jamie Knight, Oregon Department of Forestry.
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