SILVERTON — Milton-Freewater tree farmers were among five the Oregon Tree Farm System recently honored.

Tom and Cindy Beechinor and their family own several forested properties in the Milton-Freewater area. They have planted more than 15,000 tree seedlings over the years and thinned trees to improve tree health and reduce the risk of fire, according to the announcement from the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Oregon Tree Farm System recognized their forest management efforts at an awards luncheon Oct. 27 at Oregon Garden, Silverton.

The Oregon Tree Farm System also recognized the following for sustainable forestry management: Debi Poppe and Tim Dahl, Clackamas County; Hull Timber Ranch, Lane County; The Weld Family Tree Farm, Linn County; and Rich and Connie Gaebel, Washington County.

The 2018 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year went to the Oakes family of Benton County. The Oakes own approximately 800 acres west of Monroe and near Alsea in Benton County and northern Lane County.

For more information on the Oregon Tree Farm System, visit

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