Lena Tucker recognized

Jun 15, 2024 | Author: Larry Mauter, LCSWA Member | Editor: Nancy Hildebrandt

Sweet Home resident is LCSWA volunteer of the year

Lena Tucker logged in nearly 30 years of public service with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Since taking the retirement off-ramp, the Sweet Home resident — who retired as ODF deputy state forester — has hardly slowed down her civic activities.

Lena Tucker holding volunteer award

Lena Tucker holding the LCSWA 2024 Volunteer .of the Year award

She is being recognized for her efforts as the Linn County Small Woodlands Association volunteer of the year for 2024. Tucker and four other Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA) volunteers were honored Friday June 14 in Lebanon at the statewide OSWA conference.

“Lena agreed to chair our annual seedling sale, which in itself is a huge commitment,” said Mike Barsotti, LCSWA president. “But in addition to overseeing the chapter’s major revenue project, Lena moved the ordering process to a web-based system. It worked very well.”

Tucker has been involved nationally with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and is also a certified forester through the Society of American Foresters. She has also been a member of the Sweet Home city Park and Tree committee since 2015.

“Lena did an amazing job in her first year at the helm of the seedling sale, exhibiting great confidence and flexibility,” said Bonnie Marshall, former chairperson of the sale.

Lena Tucker demonstrating the online seedling shop

Lena Tucker previewing a new ordering system last fall for the LCSWA annual seedling sale. Photo credit: Larry Mauter.

“She took us to a whole new level in just one year,” said Marshall. “Not only did she implement the new online ordering system, she successfully navigated the seedling sale through some rough waters when she had to change the date and location of the sale at the last minute because of bad weather and field conditions.”

A total of 10,011 tree and native plant seedlings were packed for the pre-orders this year. Another 827 plants were sold Saturday, Feb. 17.

The 29th annual sale raised $13,800 for scholarships for Linn County residents in forestry or natural resources majors, as well as 4-H forestry students.

The 30th annual sale is set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Linn County Expo with Thursday and Friday as set-up days for volunteers.

Linn County Small Woodlands Association Volunteer of the year list

  • 2024 — Lena Tucker
  • 2023 — Mike Barsotti
  • 2022 — XXXXXXX
  • 2021 — Larry and Nancy Mauter
  • 2020 — Bonnie and Lance Marshall
  • 2019 — Bill and Debbie Bowling
  • 2018 — Lee Peterman and Shirley Jolliff
  • 2017 — xxxxxx
  • 2016 — Katie Kohl
  • 2015 — Mary Brendle
  • 2014 — Sherm and Fay Sallee
  • 2013 — Dave Bateman
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At the June 8 board meeting Lena Tucker, seated, previewed the new seedling sale web program for the board of directors. From left are Jim Merzenich, Jim Cota, Mike Barsotti and Katie Kohl. Photo credit: Larry Mauter, LCSWA member.

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