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Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting

December 2, 2021 Location, time and agenda to be announced. Please check back.

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Oak Basin Tree Farm

Oak Basin walking tour beats the heat

We started Monday and the summer solstice on an Oak Basin Tree Farm walking tour beginning at 9 am. Despite a forecast of 95 degrees and a two-mile hike, 20 guests happily participated. Guest hosts included Brad Withrow-Robinson, Forestry extension agent, and Jessica Celis, the BLM district botanist. The June 21 tour was hosted by…

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$1,000 donation to aid Extension Service program

The Oregon State University forestry extension program has gotten a boost from the Linn County Small Woodlands Association. The LCSWA board agreed at its June meeting to donate $1,000 to the OSU Master Woodlands Manager program because of expected budget shortfalls in the MWM program.The MWM program has been popular with LCSWA members.Tiffany Hopkins, MWM…

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Bob Mealey with a six-year-old pine

Contractor hired for Sunnyside pine project

A Lebanon contractor has been hired to build and install a protective frame for signs at Sunnyside Park. The signs were designed to tell the story of the revival the Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine. The Linn County Small Woodlands Association and Linn County Parks have signed an agreement allowing the signs and a grove of…

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Dry times bring extra challenges to reforestation

Oak Basin Tree Farm is in the valley foothills south of Brownsville with elevations varying from 600 to 2,200 feet. Approximately one third of the property is dominated by oak and native prairie, one third grows ponderosa pine, and the remainder supports Douglas-fir, grand fir, and big-leaf maple. This article describes reforestation efforts in the…

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Record heat, dry summer take toll on trees

Three days of record-setting high temperatures in late June resulted in needle die-offs in forests throughout Linn County and the Willamette Valley. Tree farmers are concerned the current drought and heat wave is a recipe for more destruction because of weakened trees. Brad Withrow-Robinson, who is the OSU forestry agent for Linn, Polk and Benton…

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4-H group revamps LCSWA website

Linn County 4-Hers and a local business have teamed up to rebuild and maintain the Linn County Small Woodlands Association website. The effort has included a series of Zoom classes instructing the 4-Hers on the use of WordPress. The 4-Hers, the leadership group for the Clever Clovers, will stay involved in the website, posting articles…

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Mauters Honored for Volunteer Efforts

Nancy and Larry Mauter are the Linn County Small Woodlands Association “volunteers of the year” for 2021. The couple live on their 15 acres of mix aged, mix-species forest near Waterloo. They purchased the property in 1997, replanting fir and Ponderosa pines. They have been participants in the annual seedling sale for the past five…

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LCSWA and Clever Clovers 4-H: A long-time partnership

The Linn County Small Woodlands Association has had a long partnership with the Clever Clovers 4-H club ever since Sherm and Fay Sallee moved back to Oregon in 1985. They started a community 4-H club, Clever Clovers, that included a forestry group. Whenever the Small Woodlands group needed help with a project, Fay and Sherm…

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Ode to Bob Mealey

As we begin 2008, we do it without Willamette Valley Pine enthusiast, Bob Mealey, a longtime friend and inspiration for Valley ponderosa pine planters everywhere. As foresters go there are few his equal. As steward of the land I have found none greater. Complexity in nature is what makes a forest so resilient, so enduring…

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