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New forest pact is ‘paradigm shift’ for Oregon

Editor’s note by Larry Mauter, LCSWA Director: Jim James is a member of the forest landowner negotiating team for Private Forest Accord and the past executive director of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association. He has 38-years’ experience as a professional forester and 10 years as executive director of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association. Oct. 20,…

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Private forest accord discussion coming Nov. 17

An online panel discussion focused on the Oregon Private Forest Accord is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Former Oregon Small Woodlands Association Executive Director Jim James along with OSWA Lobbyist Roger Beyer and a panel of special guests will provide background and discussion on a range of PFA issues important…

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‘Manley Jobs’ videos draw nationwide attention

Sweet Home High School-based series on trade careers gets coverage on TV networks Editor’s note: LCSWA is reprinting the original story published on September 22, 2021 with the express permission of The New Era. As of this reprint there are now 10 Manley Jobs videos, and we look forward to many more. Still of Blake…

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Oregon Tree Farm System statewide meeting set for Nov. 5

A statewide membership meeting of the Oregon Tree Farm System (OTFS) is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5. The Zoom meeting will begin at 8 a.m. with its main purpose to select a slate of new board members. Following the half-hour members’ meeting, there will be a board meeting which includes a facilitated workshop on redefining…

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Barsotti tour offers views and advice to tree farmers

From their ridge-top perch on the north side of McCulley Mountain, Mike and Jo Barsotti have Willamette Valley views stretching to Mary’s Peak. The couple — Linn County Tree Farmers of the Year — shared that view, along with their management techniques on their 20-acre property, Saturday Sept. 25. The tour attracted about 30 people…

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Rain arrives after long dry spell

Significant rain has washed over the Willamette Valley for the first time in three months. Weekend storms may have filled some cracks in the local clay, but it’s no drought-buster. “Depending upon what falls during the remainder of 2021, this year could be the driest of the past twenty,” said tree farmer Joe Holmberg. Holmberg’s…

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Trio of students receive Mealey scholarship funds

Three Linn County high school graduates have been awarded our 2021 LCSWA Robert Mealey Scholarships for studying forestry or forestry-related Natural Resources in an Oregon College/University, including Dual Enrollment with an Oregon Community College. Money for the scholarships comes from the profits of the annual Linn County Small Woodlands seedling sale. Kimberly Ortiz is a…

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Seedling sale team sets date for 27th annual event

We are gearing up, once again, for the Linn County Small Woodlands Association’s Annual Seedling Sale. The 27th annual event  will be Feb. 5, 2022, at the Linn County Fair andExpo Center.  Fortunately, we have a versatile range of hard-working volunteers and gears in our gear box that will help us carry on the tradition…

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Tribute to those who lost so much to the fire

It’s difficult to nail down all that we share as fellow travelers in this place. One thing we can surely share is caring for each other, helping our neighbors after a loss. On Sept. 7, 2020, one year ago today, fire roared down the North Santiam River canyon. The Santiam Fire, at more than 400,000…

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Annual Membership Meeting

What: annual gathering membership, election of officers and lip-smacking good potluck dinner. Because of COVID, 2020 meeting was conducted via postcard. When: January, date to be announced Venue: to be decided depending on COVID restrictions

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