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Historic Linn tree farm tour offered July 6

Two days following the Fourth’s fireworks, Linn County’s tree farmers of the year are holding an open house. The public is invited Saturday, July 6 at 3 p.m. to tour a small woodlands property managed by the same family for more than 150 years. The 80-acres of forest are located near Waterloo, 1.2 miles up Ingram Road from Highway 20. Tree tour signs will guide visitors. Tim and Kathy Otis are Linn County's 2019 tree farmers of the year. Together, with much help from family, they manage more than 370 acres of forest land in the Middle Ridge area between Brownsville and Lebanon. Their family holdings include 135 acres of farmland and 25 acres of restored riparian woodlands along the Calapooia River east of Brownsville. The Linn County chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA) co-hosts the annual event. Guests are asked to bring a potluck dish and service. Drinks will be supplied. Among the day’s activities will be talks on the family history. Tree-related activities will in…

Linn OSWA picnic planned for Sunnyside Park

Sunnyside Park near Sweet Home will be the site of the annual summer potluck picnic put on by the Linn County Small Woodlands Association. The woodlands organization will gather Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Members and the general public are invited to attend.
Directors meeting on June 6 agreed to the Sunnyside location to allow OSWA members and the public hear about plans to implement the Robert Mealey demonstration forest at the park. Funded through an endowment created by former Sweet Home resident Bob Mealey, the forestry group has been in early talks with Linn County to create an educational stand of trees with interpretive signs and perhaps a walking path.
Board member Jim Cota presented a rough concept for the planting of Willamette Valley Ponderosa pines, including a mix of seedlings and staked 6-foot tall trees. The board asked Cota to meet informally with Linn County Park Director Brian Carroll to present the OSWA group’s proposal.

March 2019: Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting

Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Thursday March 7
Time: beginning at 7 p.m.
Location: Marshall residence, Sublimity

March 2019: Woodlands Information Night

Woodlands Information NightDate: Wednesday March 6th, 2019
Details to be announced. See OSU Extension Service Website for more information.

February 2019: 2019 Seedling Sale

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The Linn County Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association proudly announces its2019 Seedling SaleDate: Saturday February 2nd, 2019
Time: 8am - 12 noon
Place: Santiam Building, Linn County Fair & Expo Center
           3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany, OR
(need directions?) Tree planting season is almost here, and we have a great selection of tree and shrub seedlings lined up! For best selection and availability, we encourage you to pre-order your seedlings early, but no later than January 19, 2019. There will also be seedling protector tubes with sticks available for purchase Saturday, February 2, 2019 (while supplies last), payable by cash or check. 
As always, proceeds fund the chapter’s forestry related college scholarships and 4-H forestry programs in Linn County. The ‘Goods from the Woods’ Art Fair vendors will also be back with their unique hand-made arts and crafts. Feel free to share this information with friends and family who may be interested in this event. If you have…

January 2019: 2019 Annual Potluck Dinner & Membership Meeting

The Linn County Chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association2019 Annual Potluck Dinner & Membership MeetingDate: Saturday January 19th, 2019
Time: 6 p.m. - ??
Place: ZCBJ Hall
            Main Street, Scio Oregon
(need directions?) Membership will gather for a potluck dinner Saturday, Jan 19 at the the ZCBJ Hall in Scio beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner is followed by the annual business meeting and speakers. Guests are reminded to bring their own place settings and flatware. Drinks will be provided. Families are asked to bring a main dish and also a salad or desert. As part of the gathering, members will vote on new officers and incoming directors. Annual accomplishments, scholarship and financial reports are also on the agenda. The Hallmark Tree is talk topic Kevin Van Cleave had a role in the 2018 Capitol Christmas tree preparation, but he has had plenty of practice procuring the big holiday trees. For the past decade, the Cascade Timber Consulting engineer has helped deliver the H…