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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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Frost poem rings true 100 years later

The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted…

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Mike and Jo Barsotti

Small-acreage management earns honor for Linn couple

Individual small ownerships don’t have a big impact on the sustainability of Oregon’s forests, but this year’s Linn County outstanding tree farmers feel every acre helps. Mike and Jo Barsotti also believe there is always something new to learn on how to blend your forestry objectives with what makes a sustainable forests. And it is…

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Past LCSWA outstanding tree farmers listed

Linn County Outstanding Tree Farmer 2021     Mike and Jo Barsotti 2020     Lee Peterman and Shirley Jolliff 2019 Kathy and Tim Otis 2018  Sherm Weld 2017 Ivan and Rebecca Wolthius 2016 Joe and Shirley Holmberg 2015 Dave and Karen Bateman 2014 Linda Butts 2013 Rod and Ann Bardell 2012 Ed and Jim…

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4-H forestry students awarded scholarships from seedling sale profits

Seven Linn County forestry 4-Hers have been awarded scholarship money through the Linn County Small Woodlands Association. The students shared a total of $1,600 in scholarship money that is raised through the annual Linn County Small Woodlands seedling sale. The money is used to purchase 4-H activity tools and supplies and other academic uses. Judging…

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