Springwater farmers recognized for sustainable practices
An Estacada family has received a statewide honor for their work in farming and sustainability.
Guttridge Brothers Farm earned second in the state for sustainable forestry management during the Oregon Tree Farm System's annual awards luncheon last month in Silverton.
"For 53 years, the Oregon Tree Farm System has recognized family forest landowners who provide forest benefits and products using sound forestry management principles," Oregon Tree Farm System Administrator Jim James wrote in a press release.
The Guttridge family acquired their land near Springwater Road in the 1860s.
"(My grandmother's) family came over in covered wagons in 1868 and settled on the farmland," said Wilma Guttridge.
Since then, six generations of the family have been involved with the land. Wilma's sons Alan, Rob, Don, Gary and Tim started Guttridge Brothers tree farm in 1985 upon acquiring 20 acres from Wilma. In 2005, they added an additional 80 acres from their uncle.
Their management plan focuses on maintaining growth of commercial trees; maintaining diverse wildlife habitats: protecting water quality; harvesting timber to capture value, minimize loss, reduce fuels and fire hazards; and maintaining and improving forest health and diversity.
Across the state, there are approximately 700 landowners in the Oregon Tree Farm System managing 746,000 acres, which represents 21% of Oregon's 3.6 million acres of family forestlands.
"OTFS and the Oregon Department of Forestry share the goal of family forest landowners voluntarily improving the health of their forests. Both provide assistance in the development of forest management plans using a jointly developed plan template," James wrote.
In 2018, Guttridge Brothers Farm was honored as the Clackamas Woodland Farmer of the Year.
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