Rural Appraisals and Surveying

At WCSWA’s February meeting, we learned a lot from experts Eric Olson and Scott Young on topics that concern all woodland owners.

Eric Olson, Rural Property Appraisal Supervisor for Wa. Co. eric_olson@co.washington.or.us


Eric Olson- Rural Property Supervisor for Washington County was our first speaker.  Eric comes from a fourth-generation timber family in the Banks area, Olson Bros. Logging.  He did logging before entering his current profession.  Eric focused on the special assessments available to small woodland owners.   These special assessments apply to the land only, not buildings or improvements.  In order to be designated as “Forestland Deferral,” the predominant purpose of the land must be for growing and harvesting trees of marketable species.  The stocking level must meet a minimum seedling count, and the trees must be “free to grow,” be vigorous, and dominant over undesired competing vegetation.  If the land has been in Forestland Deferral and has been found to not meet the qualifications, the owner is subject to repay five years deferred taxes and/or a fine from ODF.

Scott Young, Wa. Co.Surveyor, scott_young@co.washington.or.us


Scott Young – Washington County Surveyor

The Washington County Surveyor’s Office has three divisions:

  • Development Review – direct customer service to the public. Reviews and files survey records.
  • Civil Survey – provides surveying services to other county divisions such as right-of-way, vacate, transfer or establishment of roads. These services are not available to the public.
  • Public Land Corner – these were established in 1852 to set monuments marking township, range and section. After Oregon’s statehood, maintenance of these was delegated to the state.  The County Surveyor’s office is tasked with locating and maintaining monuments or “corners.”  There are 3400 Corners in Washington County.  All are measured from the “Willamette Stone” (see article, page 9).

Read the rest of this article in our March 2018 Forest Forum


Master Woodland Managers Program:

Washington County has many small woodland owners who have qualified to become Master Woodland Managers under the OSU Extension MWM program. These MWM’s have received training in woodland management science and technology, and are available to serve as volunteer mentor/advisors to other woodland owners.

To receive the services of a MWM, contact Amy Grotta at 503-397-3462

Last updated: March 11, 2018 at 15:13 pm