Bogwood walking tour, woodland tool demonstrations slated for June 4

May 30, 2022 | Author: By Jim Merzenich, LCSWA membership chair | Editor: Ryan Henry

The Linn County chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association Tour of Bogwood Tree Farm, managed by Shirley Jolliff and Lee Peterman, is Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 35488 Ede Road, Scio. This is the second of four Tree Farm Tours to be held in Linn County in the summer of 2022.

The couple was LCSWA “tree farmers of the year” in 2020. They were also the LCSWA volunteers of the year in 2018. Their farm was featured in the fall, 2020 issue of Northwest Woodlands.

Bogwood is an 80-acre former Willamette/Weyerhaeuser woodlot, clear cut in 1996 and replanted in 1997-98. The planned tour will ramble through the wet-prairie restoration (the “bog” of Bogwood) — hopefully, the wildflowers will cooperate and still be in bloom; and continue through lightly thinned stands of Ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir -— part of the ongoing efforts for forest resilience and fire resistance in an NRCS EQIP contract.

Demonstrations of battery/electric equipment, chainsaws, and sawmill; including a new custom-built log arch will follow the tour.

Forest landowners who attend this event and are not members of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association will be offered free membership for the remainder of this year.

Future Summer 2022 Tours: 

  • On July 9, we will have a morning tour of Aaron and Shawn White’s tree farm on Hungry Hill near Scio. This will be followed by our summer picnic at the same location. The White’s farm was severely damaged by the last ice storm, and we will see how Aaron, an accomplished logger and tree farmer, has responded.
  • In August we will have our TFOY tour of the Oak Basin tree farm near Brownsville.

Directions to the site:

From the junction with Hwy. 226, drive 4.7 miles east on Fish Hatchery Drive, and then turn right on Ede Road. Drive 1.2 miles on Ede Road to Bogwood farm which is on your right. Green and yellow “tree tour” signs will help direct you.

What attendees need to know:

  • Refreshments and healthy snack items will be provided.
  • Sensible footwear is recommended as ground conditions may be wet.
  • No pets, please.

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Lee Peterman, working with Trina in a meadow, calls the leaner in the background his “cat tree.”