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Board of Directors to meet Sept. 7, 2022

The Linn County Small Woodlands Association quarterly board meeting has been set for Wednesday, September 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the barn of the Cota-Melcher Fun Forest. Among the agenda items for the meeting will be a budget update, a discussion of the annual seedling sale, and an update on the Bob…

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Oak Basin Tree Farm Tour

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

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Hungry Hill Tree Farm Tour and Annual Picnic

A tour and summer picnic are planned for the tree farm of Aaron and Shawn White on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 10 a.m. Please bring your own place settings and utensils. Drinks and snacks will be provided by our chapter. Directions: The White’s address is 40130 North Ruby Loop Drive. Just south of Scio…

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Snowy gate with OSWA and American Tree Farm System signs

2022 Forestry Convention

OSWA’s Benton County chapter will host the Oregon Family Forest Convention, which is a joint meeting of OSWA and the Oregon Tree Farm System on June 23-25 from 9am to 5pm daily. The Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis and Crestmont Farm in Benton County will be the hosting sites. Tours, educational sessions, team meetings, awards,…

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Bogwood tour shines a light on forestry efforts even in the rain

On Saturday, June 4, an intrepid band of 34 guests braved torrents of rain and howling gales to re-tour the 2020 Linn County Tree Farm of the Year, known as Bogwood, co-managed by Shirley Jolliff and Leland (Lee) Peterman. If you’re questioning your calendar about now, let me put your mind at ease — it…

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Budget documents

Linn board broadens budget options

For many years, Linn County has separated operation income and expense from seedling sale income and expense. When Sherm Sallee initiated the chapter’s annual seedling sale, the profits were to be used for education only, i.e., OSU forestry student scholarships and 4-H forestry student awards. All other expenses were covered by the annual OSWA dues,…

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Fire and ice picture. Ice laden tree branches and fire scorched earth

In a region awash with disasters, humility is a must

Fire and IceSome say the world will end in fire,Some say in ice.From what I’ve tasted of desireI hold with those who favor fire.But if it had to perish twice,I think I know enough of hateTo say that for destruction iceIs also greatAnd would Suffice. Robert Frost Maybe because our lives are short, compared with…

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Sign indicating a tree tour ahead.

Tours, summer picnic on deck for Linn OSWA group

A tour and summer picnic are planned for the tree farm of Aaron and Shawn White on Saturday, July 9 beginning at 10 a.m. A severe ice storm in January of 2021 tore through their 30-year-old Douglas-fir plantations and knocked down pockets of larger trees.  Large oak trees growing in the adjoining meadows were also…

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Merzenich brothers, Jim (left) and Ed (right)

Merzenich family recognized for Oak Basin farm efforts

Oak Basin Tree Farm, a 956-acre family enterprise located south of Brownsville in the Coburg Hills, has been chosen as Linn County’s Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year for 2022. The families of Ed and Jim Merzenich have collaborated in the management of Oak Basin for more than a quarter-century. Brothers Ed and Jim Merzenich…

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Board Meeting

Directors, members will meet Sept. 7 for board meeting

Board member Jim Cota will host the next Linn County Small Woodlands Association board of directors meeting. The board will gather Wednesday Sept. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the barn of the Cota-Melcher Fun Forest. All members of the LCSWA are welcome to attend. Among the agenda items for the meeting will…

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