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 hosted its 28th Annual Talk About Trees Auction on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  In celebration of OWIT’s 40th anniversary, this ‘80s-themed event was held at the Eugene Hilton Hotel & Conference Center in connection with the 81st Oregon Logging Conference Meet & Greet festivities.  Thank you to those who to celebrated with us during a hosted beer and wine bar, a hearty buffet dinner, and a fantastic auction.

All proceeds from the auction 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 $133,000 for this important program!

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!

In addition to preparing for the annual auction, OWIT was busy forming new county chapters and engaging with students, community members, and politicians.  Over the last few months, the new Lane County and Douglas County chapters have emerged with dozens of members volunteering their time to participate in events such as the Pacific Logging Congress and SAFSquatch Run. The Lane County chapter also traveled to Salem during Legislative Days to pass out informational packets to local representatives about the importance of managing Oregon’s forests.  OWIT has also been working hard to increase membership by holding meet-and-greet events and visiting student organizations to encourage them to take advantage of their free membership!

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


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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.