FTF Board Member Recognized as Tree Farmer of the Year

April 5, 2018

Board member, Wylda Cafferata, and her husband Steve Cafferata, who also volunteers with FTF, were named Oregon’s 2017 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year by the Oregon Tree Farm System. The Cafferatas were recognized for the ways they manage their forests, including keeping trees healthy, controlling invasive plants, enhancing wildlife habitat, and providing educational opportunities on their land. As small woodland owners, the Cafferatas bring an important perspective to our Forest Field Day program in their volunteer roles – they actually live what we help middle school students understand. Like the Cafferata’s do in real life, students create management plans of forestland encompassing all forest resources, including timber, water, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. Steve and Wylda have an inside perspective that they share with students to help them better understand the complexities of forest stewardship. We are very proud to have Wylda and Steve as supporters of FTF, and think they are wonderful role models for students who go through our program. Congratulations, Wylda and Steve!

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