Forest2Market would like to join the Oregon Tree Farm System (OTFS) in congratulating our own Gordon Culbertson as winner of Oregon’s 2019 “Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year” award. Gordon and Gail Culbertson were recently selected as winners of the award at the Oregon Farm System’s Annual Awards Luncheon in Silverton’s Oregon Gardens.
The Culbertson’s own a 72-acre working tree farm in Lane County, OR that is being recognized for its multiple use management. Both Gordon and Gail come from farming backgrounds, and they purchased the property in 2007 so that they could, along with their children and grandchildren, stay connected to the land and the many rewards that come from working the land to produce timber products.
Gordon has worked in the forestry sector for 50 years and has used his knowledge to improve the health of the family forest. Their ownership goals include income, family recreation and wildlife conservation, and the Culbertsons have worked to eliminate invasive plant species, reduce tree diseases, incorporate thinnings and improve bird habitat.
Oregon’s 2019 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year – Gail and Gordon Culbertson (center). Presenting them their award is Lisa Northrop, Deputy Regional Forester, PNW Region, USDA-FS (left), and Lena Tucker, Oregon Deputy State Forester (right).
About the OTFS
For 53 years, the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide forest benefits and products using sound forestry management principles.
OTFS and the Oregon Department of Forestry share the goal of family forest landowners voluntarily improving the health of their forests. Both provide assistance in the development of forest management plans using a jointly developed plan template.
The American Tree Farm System and its state chapters operate an internationally recognized forest certification program overseen by and for family forest landowners to promote sustainable forest management through education, recognition, and assistance.