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Forestry E-Letter
December 2011 - Issue 4 (Corrected)

Oregon Tree Farmers of the Year
This is a photo of Jim and Phylis Dahm of Klamath Falls who were namted Oregon's 2011 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year in a ceremony at Portland's World Forestry Center.
Jim and Phylis Dahm of Klamath Falls
A Klamath Falls couple, Jim and Phyllis Dahm, received Oregon's 2011 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year honors at the Oregon Tree Farm System's (OTFS) 45th annual awards luncheon held at Portland’s World Forestry Center.
The Dahms own and manage 1,900 acres of forest scattered across Klamath and Lake counties. They received Tree Farmers of the Year honors for effectively managing their forests for an array of timber, wildlife habitat, and water quality objectives. They also host tours for local schools and organizations.
The American Tree Farm System is a nationwide organization that started in the Pacific Northwest in 1941. OTFS is a forest landowner-led organization that partners with state and federal natural resource agencies and organizations to promote active forest management for a wide array of economic, environmental, and social objectives.

State Forester honors OFRI education director with award
This is a photo of the 2011 Mary Rellergert Award Recipients. Shown, l-r: Susan Sahnow, Doug Decker, Kari O'Connell, Lindsay Reaves, LaRae Ash, Bill Wynkoop, Tom Fields, Norie Dimeo-Ediger, and John Blackwell
2011 Mary Rellergert Award Recipients
Norie Dimeo-Ediger, director of K-12 education programs for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI), was the first-ever recipient of the State Forester's Award last month.

The award is a new category in the annual Mary Rellergert Awards, which honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of education and understanding of forestry.
In presenting the award on November 3, State Forester Doug Decker noted Dimeo-Ediger's impact on forestry education, calling her "an education institution herself."
"She is a teacher of teachers, having helped countless teachers open their students' eyes to the wonder, richness and complexity of forests," he said.
Other 2011 Rellergert Award Recipients:
Formal Educator category: Kari O'Connell, Ph.D., Oregon State University, Corvallis;
Non-Formal Educator category: Tom Fields, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Roseburg;
Organization category: Forests Today & Forever, Eugene.

New Oregon Department of Forestry office in Sisters
This is a photo of the department's new office in Sisters. An Open House is scheduled for January 20.
ODF's new office in Sisters
After a long overdue and arduous process, employees at the Sisters sub-unit have moved. The phone number − 541-549-2731 − remains the same, and an Open House is planned for January 20.

Formerly located on Washington Street in downtown Sisters, the new office is located at 16721 Pine Tree Lane, Sisters.


"Treebates" - a good idea for your city?
This is a black-and-white graphic of a mature urban tree.
Recognizing trees for their contributions to healthy watersheds, clean rivers, and livable communities, the City of Portland is currently offering "Treebate" incentives to residents who plant trees in their yards.

Trees planted in residential yards by April 30, 2012 earn a one-time stormwater utility bill credit of half the purchase price up to a maximum of $50, depending on the mature size of the tree. Large-canopy trees earn as much as a $50 credit; medium and small trees earn up to $25 and $15 each.

Most trees are eligible for Treebates provided they meet a few guidelines. For example, trees on the city's nuisance plants list, trees planted as a condition of development or mitigation, and trees otherwise subsidized by the city are ineligible for the credit. Eligible trees must be at least 1-inch caliper and six feet tall (four feet for conifers) at time of planting, and must grow to at least 15 feet tall to receive the credit.
For more informationwww.portlandonline.com/bes/treebate 

"Masters of the Night" tells the story of bats in forests throughout the world
This is a photo of a bat.
Visit the "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats"
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) is a major sponsor of a new World Forestry Center exhibit, "Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats," opening January 21, 2012. The center's wintertime installation will tell the story of bats in forests throughout the world.
OFRI's display will show how Oregon forest landowners create habitat for these insect-eaters in managed forests.
Plan to bring the kids - this is a rare opportunity to take advantage of their fascination with the masters of the night and relate it to Oregon forests. The exhibit runs through May 6.

The Forest Seedling Network
This is the logo for the Forest Seedling Network.
The Forest Seedling Network (FSN) is an interactive website that assists forest landowners in locating seedlings, forestry contractors, and other services. Nearly 200 commercial forest species and native woody plants are available to growers and landowners.
If a grower has seedlings to sell, they post the seedling lot information; landowners then use the "search seedling" module to locate seedlings appropriate for their planting needs.
For more information:  www.forestseedlingnetwork.com

Oregon Forestry Retiree Association and agency holiday luncheon
This is a photo of ODF employees Doug Grafe, Dan Postrel, Jeremy Groom, Paul Clements, and Rick Campbell playing music at the holiday luncheon.
The Scatterplots and the Three-Legged Cat
Some 130 Oregon Department of Forestry retirees and employees enjoyed reconnecting at this year's holiday luncheon held in early December.
Festivities were held at the Salem Fire Cache and included music played by "The Scatterplots and the Three-Legged Cat" - ODF employees (photo, from left to right) Doug Grafe (guitar), Dan Postrel (mandolin), Jeremy Groom (fiddle), Paul Clements (guitar), and Rick Campbell (mandolin).

Questions or comments?
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In this issue 

2011 Tree Farmers of the Year
2011 Mary Rellergert Awards
New ODF Office in Sisters
"Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats"
Forest Seedling Network
2011 Holiday Luncheon