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Sunnyside Park Interpretive Sign

Sunnyside Park pine project to be dedicated Oct. 15

Effort highlights work of forester Bob Mealey in reintroducing Ponderosas throughout the Willamette Valley More than a decade in the making, an environmental education project at Linn County’s Sunnyside Park is complete. A dedication ceremony has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15. The 9 a.m. gathering will be at the project site, located on the…

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Personal sawmill cutting a log

On-site electric mill shapes timber for Linn tree farmer

According to the Oregon History Project, by 1850 there were dozens of sawmills producing both timber and shingles in the Willamette Valley. “The mills supplied not only local needs but also a developing export trade, notably to the Sandwich Islands — now Hawaii,” according to the Oregon Historical Society project. Water power was the key…

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Jim and Ed Merzenich

Sept 24 Oak Basin tour features timely demonstrations, views and even lunch

Rescheduled from August, the Linn County Small Woodlands Association “tree farmer of the year” walking tour will be Saturday Sept. 24. Hosting will be the families of Ed and Jim Merzenich at their Oak Basin Tree Farm. Tour topics will include thinning, reforestation, oak restoration, and noxious weed control. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining…

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Sign indicating a tree tour ahead.

Oak Basin tour delayed until September

Because of expected high temperatures and potential fire danger, the scheduled tour of Oak Basin Tree Farm is being rescheduled. A new tour date has been set for Saturday, Sept. 24. Forecast highs for Aug. 6 are expected in the mid-90s. Oak Basin sits in the Coburg Hills above the Willamette Valley. The tour will…

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Group listens to tour guide

Hungry Hill tour captures recovery from damaging ice storm

Woodland skills help White tree farm survive 2021 disaster It was a tour showcasing the vagaries of nature, some local history, and Oregon timber ingenuity.South of Scio on the north side of Hungry Hill, there is plenty of evidence of a natural disaster — craggy oaks, bent-over pines, and Douglas-fir cascading against other trees like…

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Peterman shows off a saw

Linn County tree farmer lays out tools of the trade

Every profession has a set of basic tools. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians and yes, foresters do too. 4-Her Ryan Henry recently interviewed Lee Peterman to find out what are the basic tools used on a Linn County tree farm. Peterman is a newly minted OSU Extension master woodlands manager. He is a past president of the…

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Emerald ash borer

Dreaded ash borer arrives in Oregon

March of invasive pest foretold; allowing forestry officials time to shelter gene pools The widely reported arrival of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Oregon is serious news for the valued hardwoods — but it was no surprise. An effort to save the state’s native ash tree gene pool has been underway for the past…

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Mark at the Nonagon at Happy Valley Tree Farm

Tree growth and health tied to soil conditions

Soil is one of the most important parts of growing trees, as it contains nutrients that the plants need to grow and survive. It is quite often overlooked, however, as many only consider whether the soil is rich or poor, according to soils expert Mark Kimsey. Kimsey is the director of the Intermountain Forestry Cooperative…

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A Cougar walking through a a forest in black and white.

Game cameras can capture proof of your good work

It’s a good way to meet your shy neighbors. For the past several years, the Mauter Family Tree Farm has put several game cameras to work. The fruit of that effort has been sweet. We now have a collection of wildlife photos from the back part of our forest that is informative and entertaining. We…

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LCSWA volunteers with 4-H students at seedling sale

Linn website wraps up first year with 4-H crew at helm

The revised Linn County Small Woodlands Association website is celebrating its first anniversary. The site is staffed by volunteers and 4-H leadership students and provides woodland and Linn County forestry information to members and the public at www.linncountyswa.com. Since its launch in July 2021, 53 news posts have been edited and designed into packages by…

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