Full slate of tree farm tours planned for spring, summer

Apr 21, 2022 | Author: Larry Mauter, LCSWA | Editor: Andrew Bradford

May 10 twilight tour set for Holley forest

A series of tree farm tours in Linn County is set for spring and summer hosted by the Linn County Small Woodlands Association. The tours mark the return of the forestry group’s public activities that had been curtailed by the pandemic.

Beginning the series will be a Holley area twilight tour on property belonging to Clem and Trumbull Ogilby. The event is set for Tuesday, May 10 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Summer 2022 tours: Details to come

June 4 Bogwood

On Saturday, June 4, will have a tour at Bogwood, an 80-acre mixed-species forest along Ede Road in the foothills near Roaring River County Park. Owners Lee Peterman and Shirley Jolliff were LCSWA tree farmers of the year in 2020.

July 9 Hungry Hill

Aaron White has agreed to have a tour of his tree farm on Hungry Hill on Saturday, July 9. This will be followed by our annual picnic which makes this an all-day affair.

August 6 Oak Basin

Oak Basin Tree Farm — located south of Brownsville with stunning views of the south Willamette Valley — will host a tour on Saturday, Aug. 6.

This is a beautiful site with well-groomed trails that are easily accessible. Guests may bring potluck creations to share at the conclusion of the tour. Refreshments and healthy snack items will be provided. Sensible footwear is recommended. No pets, please.

We will first view an active commercial thinning operation in a younger, 25-year-old stand pasture conversion. We will then look over a 60 to 80-year-old Douglas-fir stand marked for a commercial thinning that will tentatively occur later this year. The stand borders a spring-fed creek and has a diversity of native shrubs and wildflowers.

The tree farm is at 25330 Rice Road, Sweet Home. Starting at the Holley Store on Hwy, 228, take Upper Calapooia Drive. Travel 0.3 miles and turn right onto Rice Road. The Ogilbys’ Tree Farm is located at the end of the county road at the very top of the hill. Tree Farm tour signs will direct visitors to the parking area.

For more details or to sign up for the event contact Jim Merzenich at jim@oakbasin.com or text him at 503-799-6772.

This is the first of at least four tree farm tours that will be held this year.

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

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Things are looking up for Linn County residents wanting to learn more about local tree farming. A series of at least four local tours is planned for spring and summer. In the photo, LCSWA Vice President, Mike Barsotti, hosted a tour of his forest property last October. Photo by Larry Mauter, LCSWA.