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Our Mission & Values

Cal Young ViewForests Today & Forever promotes forest stewardship through education.

We offer experiential programs for youth and adults, using working tree farms and other managed forests in our region.  We seek to connect people to Oregon’s forests, and instill an appreciation and understanding of forest management.

Organizational Values:

  • FTF values promoting awareness about the region’s forests through experiential and field-based learning opportunities for youth and adults.
  • FTF values working forests as an important influence in the region’s past, present and future.
  • FTF values sustainable forest practices, simultaneously meeting economic and community needs, while protecting the health and biodiversity of the forest ecosystem.
  • FTF values making connections between forests and how people depend on the resources that forests provide to our community, such as jobs and the products people use every day.
  • FTF values presenting messages that are science-based, respect the complexity of forest resource issues, and are sensitive to diverse experiences and viewpoints.


The Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award: awarded 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:  awarded by Linn Soil & Water Conservation District recognizing those with “successful education and outreach activities that promote all aspects of conservation in the agricultural working lands of Linn County”.

The OSAF Forestry Appreciation Award:  presented  at the 2013 annual meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters. 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.”

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