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Forester and long-standing FT&F volunteer Steve Cafferata accepts the Forestry Appreciation Award from Ron Boldenow, of the Oregon Society of American Foresters.

Forester and
long-standing FT&F volunteer Steve Cafferata accepts the Forestry Appreciation Award from Ron Boldenow of the Oregon Society of American Foresters.

Looking into canopy

Students view the forest canopy.

About Forests Today & Forever

We know it isn’t polite to blow your own horn, but we at FT&F are proud of our volunteers and the work that we do together, and of the recognition we’ve received in the recent past, including:

  • The Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award
  • The 2012 Educator of the Year Award
  • The 2012 OSAF Forestry Appreciation Award

The Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award is given by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry and the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program at Oregon State University in recognition of significant contributions to the advancement of public information, education and understanding of forestry.

The 2012 Educator of the Year Award is given by Linn Soil & Water Conservation District recognizing those with “:successful education and outreach activities thaqt promote all aspects of conservation in the agricultural working lands of Linn County.

The OSAF Forestry Appreciation Award was presented to Forests Today & Forever at the 2013 annual meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters. It is given annually to individuals, groups, or institutions outside of the forestry profession who have "contributed significantly to the advancement of forestry in Oregon" and "to the education of Oregonians about all aspects of forest management."

We appreciate the honors, and we thank everyone who contributes their time, resources and expertise in the name of education.

Our History

Forests Today & Forever provides area educators and students with natural resource learning opportunities, including curricula and a day of in-field lessons on private landowner properties and grants to support Outdoor Schools and teacher education. We also offer high school forestry and career exploration opportunities, as well as tours of private and public forests guided by the professionals who manage them.

In 1985, leaders in the Lane county forest products and associated industries recognized the need to involve and educate the public about forest issues to gain their support for the active management of public and private timberlands. They worked to create Timber Resource Education (TRE), a non-profit organization that produced the monthly magazine TIMBER!

In 1992, the decision was reached to broaden the mission of Timber Resource Education. It was reorganized as Forests Today and Forever, which also acquired non-profit status, and its working area was expanded to include Lane, Linn and Benton counties. TIMBER! magazine was discontinued in 1997 in favor of an expanding program of direct interaction with the public.

Forests Today and Forever is governed by a 14-person board of directors whose members represent the forest products industry, other related businesses and the area’s educational community.

In the past, we’ve operated with a contractor to coordinate programs and run the daily affairs for Forests Today & Forever. In 2012, in order to expand our opportunities, we switched to an employee model of operation. We now retain two part-time employees — LaRae Ash as General Coordinator and Lindsay Reaves as Program Development and Outreach Coordinator.

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