The summer months have been busy for OWIT. Here's some great articles detailing what we are doing across the state!
Union County Oregon Women in Timber AG-Timber Parade May 18, 2018

This year’s Ag-Timber Parade was better than ever!  A little rain didn’t spoil the event.  And the evening turned nice right before the start to create a great atmosphere for parade goers.  Our grand marshal this year was the Oregon Department of Forestry – Northeast Oregon District.  They had many people and equipment from the local office.  We had a few new food vendors and as many entrants as ever.  The parade continues to be a huge event for us and year after year it is very successful.  Participants are calling us by late April to make sure we are still having it!

Union County OWIT Golf Tournament July 7, 2018

Even though we only had 11 teams play this year, our fundraising exceeded any other year so far!  And it’s so much fun to organize!  We had 25 sponsors and had a bunch of the guys purchasing chances at the putting contest to become one of the first five to have a chance to win the opportunity for a putt off to win $5,000.  It was  a beautiful day and lots of fun for all who worked or participated!
Lane County OWIT Hosts Social Event - June 5, 2018
We had a great time at the Lane County social event on June 5th! It was held at the Oregon Wine Lab in Eugene. We had about 30 ladies attend to learn more about OWIT. Diann Washburn, statewide Treasurer, told us about the history of OWIT and Joan Mason Ruud, Talk About Trees State Director, spoke about TAT's history. Lane County OWIT chair, Noelle Arena introduced the two and closed with Lane county's goals for the future:
  • Increase membership
  • Encourage chapter development in other areas
  • Maintain support for Talk About Trees
  • Work with our partners for future forestry workers
  • Support OWIT membership with professional training
  • Increase legislative awareness at the local and federal level
The next Lane County OWIT meeting will be on Tuesday, August 14th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the North Fork Public House, 2805 Shadow View Drive, Eugene 97408. All are welcome to attend! For more information email

Lane County OWIT was also at the Oregon Small Woodlands Association Annual Convention in Springfield on Friday, June 29th. A big thank you goes out to OSWA Executive Director, Jim James for giving OWIT an opportunity to attend. Several folks stopped by the OWIT booth to check out our information and signed up as new members!

We also had three members of the Lane County OWIT chapter help out Oregon Forests Forever with their booth at the Lane County Fair, July 18th to the 22nd. Thank you Amanda Astor, Becca Windle and Anna Yarbrough! 

Douglas County OWIT Chapter Hosts Membership Meeting

Sara Phipps and Betsy Yraguen worked together to plan a fun social in Douglas County to introduce OWIT. The event was held on August 1st at the Yraguen family property along the river, in Roseburg. Thank you to Betsy and Kristin Yraguen for hosting us for a fun event! We had 16 ladies attend to hear Diann Washburn present the history of OWIT and TAT and answered questions. The group will meet again to formalize a chapter in the next month.

If you are in Douglas county this week, stop by the Douglas County Fair and visit the Douglas Timber Operators booth. They have information about OWIT and membership forms. Thank you DTO for your support! Stay tuned for future meetings and events from Douglas County!  

Upcoming Events

Pacific Logging Congress - September 13-15, 2018 
OWIT will be helping out with the conference and staffing a booth. Email if you can help! 


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