Oregon Women in Timber Plans Celebration for National Forest Products Week
On Sept. 13, 1960, Congress designated the third week in October as National Forest Products Week, requesting the president issue a proclamation each year calling on Americans to observe the value of forest products. Industry employees in Washington, D.C. and around the country celebrate the week with events and advocacy campaigns to mark the occasion. The dates for this year are October 21-27, 2018. We anticipate the Presidential Proclamation to be issued from the White House by Monday, October 22.
In appreciation of the 58th anniversary of National Forest Products Week, we look forward to joining with President Donald Trump, forest product manufacturers and organizations to celebrate National Forest Products Week. #ForestProductsWeek
Oregon Women in Timber supports the men and women that produce high-quality paper and wood products that people rely upon across the country and around the world. We are proud to join in recognizing the value of our products and our industry during National Forest Products Week as we celebrate forest products every day.
Click Here to see a statement of the economic impact of Oregon’s forest and wood products industry.
“In rural and urban communities across 45 states, our companies provide family-wage jobs to nearly 950,000 men and women. Paper and wood products manufacturers rank among the top ten employers and utilize renewable, recyclable materials in innovative and highly-efficient processes to make products Americans rely on today and will need tomorrow,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “National Forest Products Week offers a welcome opportunity to underscore the value of our industry and its products to the nation’s economy and our everyday life.”
For more information about the industry, its products and National Forest Products Week events, visit and follow the discussion on Twitter with #ForestProductsWeek.
We hope you will join us in this celebration!

OWIT Annual Meeting - October 20, 2018

We had a great group of ladies attend our annual meeting in Hood River last Saturday! Joan Mason Ruud presented on the history of our Talk About Trees programs and Norie Dimeo-Ediger spoke about the Oregon Forest Resources Instititute and our partnership with them in forestry education.

We heard reports from Douglas, Lane and Union county chapter Presidents. We voted to increase membership dues for next year to help raise funds for the new chapters. The legislative report included the packet that was presented to legislators in September and a voter's guide from Oregonians for Food and Shelter. See it here. It lists endorsements from five different organizations (Because of OWIT's non-profit status we are not able to endorse candidates, but we can share with our members lists from other organizations and we are able to endorse measures.)

Fundraising ideas included setting up an account with Amazon Smile and Fred Meyers for shoppers rewards and the Lane county chapter has been busy organiziang OWIT merchandise. Watch for more details on these fundraising promotions in the November newsletter. We will also have information about the OWIT Annual Auction, coming up on February 20, 2019 during the Oregon Logging Conference. 

The new slate of officers are Co-President's Desire'e Damewood and Melissa Fullerton, Vice President Diane Daley, Secretary Molly Bingaman and Treasurer Diann Washburn. 

Chapter Meetings

Douglas County Chapter
Wednesday, November 14th
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Splitz Family Grill
2400 Dimaond Lake Blvd
Roseburg OR 97470

Lane County Chapter
Monday, November 12th
5:30 to 7:00 PM
Roseburg Forest Products
3660 Gateway St
Springfield OR 

Celebrating Our Members -  Amanda Astor

Amanda Astor has been a member of Oregon Women in Timber for about 4 months.  She is currently the Secretary and Social Media Chair for the Lane County Chapter.  Amanda was inspired to join OWIT because she wanted to get to know other professional women who care about the timber industry.  She aspires to empower women to be leaders in a field that is mostly dominated by males. 

Amanda has been working for the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) since February.  Through AFRC, she helps advocate for sustained yield timber harvests on public timberlands throughout the West to enhance forest health and resistance to fire, insects, and disease.  Specifically, Amanda monitors the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Umpqua National Forest, Medford BLM District, Roseburg BLM District, and Coos Bay BLM District for adherence to forest policies, land and resource management plans, regulations, and NEPA documents to ensure the federal forested lands are being managed sustainably, legal, and economically.   One thing Amanda loves about her job is that every day is different – she spends some days in the office and some days out in the field.  Her biggest accomplishment in this role has been to build a strong sense of trust and rapport with AFRC’s members and partners.

Since she loves being in the woods, pursuing a career in the forest industry was a natural choice for Amanda.  “I often look around while I am walking in the woods or driving to a project and think, ‘Wow, I am lucky to be able to get outside for my job and travel within such beautiful places’,” she said.  While being outside is an amazing perk of the job, Amanda quickly grew to appreciate other meaningful aspects of working in the forest industry.  “The forest sector is amazing because it is one of the only commodity sectors that allows the consumer to truly understand where the commodity product is derived from.  I also love the fact that the work I do helps provide income for families and keep businesses running,” Amanda said with pride.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys hula hooping for fun and for performance, singing made up songs, and being a “total nerd and dork” (her words, not ours!) about trees, bugs, and carbon.  She also loves spending time with her friends and family, including the love of her life, Kyle, and her wonderful cat, Okie.  

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 29th
OSU Society of American Foresters
6:00 to 7:30 PM
107 Richardson Hall

OWIT will be presenting information about our mission and goals. Students are encouraged to join and membership fees are waved for high school and college students. 

Membership Dues 

It's time to renew membership dues. OWIT's membership year is from July 1st to June 30th. Membership dues are $30 per year. 

To join OWIT or to renew online, click here:  Thank you!
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