A Contract with Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) is the primary financial support for the program, but no less critical is the support from our annual auction, grants, and many, many generous donations from individuals and business. This support and confidence enables Talk About Trees to continue educating Oregonians, young and old, about the valuable resource of our renewable forests. Every donation- large and small- goes a long way to bring sound, science- based forest education into our classrooms. In short, we can’t do it without your support and we thank you!


Oregon Women in Timber will be hosting its 29th Annual Talk About Trees Auction on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  The auction will be held at the Graduate Eugene Hotel (formerly Eugene Hilton Hotel & Conference Center) in connection with the 82nd Oregon Logging Conference Meet & Greet festivities. OWIT will be bringing the forest to the banquet hall with a cozy, rustic theme. All are invited to celebrate with hosted beer and wine, a hearty buffet dinner, and fantastic auction items.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit OWIT’s statewide education program, Talk About Trees. These award-winning programs provide free, hands-on education to students in preschool through eighth grade to promote awareness and appreciation for the valuable, renewable resources all around them – Oregon forests. Program topics include tree identification, forest health, renewability, careers in forestry, and more. Over 3 million students and adults have been reached by Talk About Trees since its inception in 1991, and educators from throughout the state consistently provide outstanding feedback about the program. OWIT’s annual auction is the biggest fundraiser for Talk About Trees. Last year’s auction brought in over $120,000 for this important program!

Once again, Oregon Women in Timber and Oregon Logging Conference have teamed up as Partners in Education to promote this year’s theme of “Working Forests: Carbon Keepers”. Commemorative lapel pins will be available for purchase for $100, and each pin comes with the chance to win a Newport Getaway for Two, donated by Anchor Pier Lodge, Discovery Tours, Friends of Talk About Trees and Mo’s Restaurant. Only 100 pins are available, and the winner does not have to be present to claim the prize! Every purchase will help support the education of future generations by funding the OLC Foundation Scholarship Fund and Talk About Trees.

Please consider donating and/or attending the auction to help support forestry education in Oregon. Your generous contributions are critical to the ongoing success of Talk About Trees. Oregon Women in Timber is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations and purchases are tax-deductible. The volunteers of OWIT and Talk About Trees, plus millions of students through the state of Oregon, extend their deepest thanks for your continued support of forestry education!

For more information about OWIT and to register or donate to the auction, please visit our auction website or fill out and return this form.


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Our Goals :

  • To encourage awareness and appreciation for the value of trees and Forests
  • To encourage an understanding about the protection, management and conservation of the renewable forest.

Here’s just a few of our many great donors!

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Talk About Trees is on the web! Teachers now have access to all of the TAT activities on the internet, as well as a comprehensive list of additional information and material resources available to them. “Learn more about our forest education program, Talk About Trees, download our brochure now.

For more information on Talk About Trees or to request a program, please contact: Joan Mason Ruud, 1327 SE Tacoma Street, #219 Portland, OR 97202.