Douglas Timber Operators is a community-supported forest products organization whose mission is to actively promote timber harvest, reforestation and production of forest products on public and private timberlands, and the enhancement of healthy forest ecosystems, through multiple use forest management. DTO has served southwestern Oregon since 1968.

Doug TimberOn July 25, 1968, the Articles of Incorporation of Douglas Timber Operators were filed in the office of the Corporation Commissioner of the State of Oregon. The stated purpose of the corporation is to provide for the enlightenment and education of its members concerning problems associated with the logging and manufacturing of wood products.

In early pursuit of its purpose the corporation purchased shares in LandRad, a radio users group, on February 28, 1969. LandRad was formed on June 4, 1964 to provide radio communications for timber operators in the vicinity of Douglas County in southwestern Oregon. Douglas Timber Operators owned and operated one of the many radio frequencies in the radio system located atop Lane Mountain.

Shortly thereafter the corporation expanded its operations and hired its first full time director in September of 1976. Increased federal regulation of National Forest System lands precipitated the move. The National Forest Management Act, passed in October of 1976, addressed certain key points and issues in national forest management policy and administration, but it left definition of the most specific provisions to the discretion of the United States Forest Service. Several major forestry issues were left unresolved by the Act including clear cutting and nondeclining even flow.

In the 1980´s and 1990´s environmental concerns significantly altered federal forest management. Spotted owls and old growth timber were major environmental policy and emotional issues in the Pacific Northwest. Between 1989 and 1999 over 180 paper and wood products mills closed in spotted owl areas alone. Douglas Timber Operators changed its course of action to respond to the need for better science and common sense in the debate over the management of our National Forest System lands.

Douglas Timber Operators today represents over 140 manufacturing, logging, trucking, and supportive businesses, and private landowners and individuals throughout southwestern Oregon. A central feature of our mission is to help our members and the public better understand the forest products industry and forest-related issues.


Douglas Timber Operators Announces Three New Board Officers

Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby

The Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby Celebrates 25 Years!

The Derby Committee for the Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby is planning a grand celebration for the 25th year of this great community event! The dates for the upcoming Derby are February 1-4, 2017.

As always, we kick off the Derby on Wednesday (February 1) with “Student Day: Project Fish” when we take 15-20 high school students to Rock Creek Fish Hatchery for the day to work with ODFW Staff spawning fish and other activities around the hatchery and then spend the afternoon with a forester. Thursday (February 2) is “Kid’s Day” where we take 5th graders from Eastwood Elementary to Cooper Creek Reservoir. They each receive a Cabela’s life jacket to take home, watch as ODFW stocks the lake with fish, go out fishing with Derby Professional Fishing Guides, take a jet boat ride, have lunch and then head back to school. Thursday evening is the Crab Feed for the Teams and Derby Guides only. The Steelhead Catch-and-Release Fishing Derby takes place Friday and Saturday (February 3 and 4) on the North, South and Main Stem Umpqua rivers.

Friday evening, February 3rd is the Derby Banquet and Auction. This year’s Banquet will take place in Douglas Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The Derby Committee hopes you will join us on February 3rd for a special evening in celebration of 25 years of this great community event! Thanks to the amazing support of our many sponsors, donors and participants, the Derby has raised more than $1.3 million over the past 24 years for fishery enhancement, restoration and educational projects in the Umpqua Basin! Since the money contributed to projects by the Derby are matching funds, this equates to a very significant investment in our fishery in the Umpqua Basin.

For information about the Derby or to make reservations for the Banquet/Auction, please contact Audrey at 541-672-0757 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DTO Scholarship

Due to some unexpected circumstances, we regret we are unable to offer our scholarships for the 2016-17 school year.

Fire Update

The Elliott State Forest

A Valuable Revenu Source For Oregon School (PDF 650KB)

Civil Action
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