Seedling sale date set; volunteers needed

Signups are now being taken for volunteers to work at the Linn County Small Woodland Assoc. annual seedling sale. The 25th annual sale is set for Saturday Feb. 1 at the Linn County fairgrounds. The sale provides scholarship funds for Oregon State University forestry students as well as 4-H forestry scholarships. Volunteers are needed Friday, Jan package seedlings that have been pre-ordered. Order forms for the 2020 sale will appear in the January issue of The Quarterly Bark and online at Bonnie Marshall, seedling sale chairman, informed the LCSWA board at its September meeting that orders will be similar to last year, a record year for pre-orders and sales. The young plants will be coming primarily from Brooks Nursery and other local nurseries. Supplies sold out quickly on Saturday last year. About 1,500 Douglas firs have been ordered along with about 450 grand fir.  Also, Marshall will be adding Oregon white oak to the order form. The hardwood is drought to…

Planting for tomorrow was Mealey headline in 1992

Get to know Robert H. Mealey as an 80-year-old with a passion for the Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine. The following story appeared in American Forests magazine in 1992.

Planting for tomorrow American Forests At his 580-acre tree farm in Linn County, Oregon, 80-year-old Robert Mealey is talking with a friend. "I've only planted 150 trees today," says Mealey. Indeed, compared with this tree farmer's standards, 150 trees is a meager day's work. That's because when Mealey spots a piece of land without trees, it's his natural predilection to plant some. When he got to thinking about Linn County's 100,000 or so acres of unused land, he initiated a planting effort called the Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine Program. This year, approximately 64,000 seedlings have been distributed to 35 landowners. "This program is growing like topsy," he says. Mealey believes that the 1,500 small tree farms of his county aren't as productive as they could be, so he…

Mealey park plan on the menu for Linn picnic

Sunnyside Park lived up to its name Saturday Sept. 14 for the annual Linn County Small Woodlands Assoc. picnic. Temperatures were in the mid-70s on a day sandwiched between two rainy days. Much of the conversation for the day centered on the Robert H. Mealey pine fund and a proposal to build a demonstration pine grove at the park. The chapter and Linn County parks are in the early stages of discussion about the proposal. Approvals would have to come from the Linn County commissioners. Retired Cascade Timber Consulting Inc. chief Howard Dew provided a number of published photos and newspaper clippings highlighting Mealey’s career as a forester and ardent advocation of the Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine. Mealey has been called the “Johnny Appleseed of the Willamette Valley” because of his efforts to restore the race of pines that were the dominant tree going back thousands of years. He grew up the son of a mill owner on property now submerged by Foster Lake. He became a forester after gradu…

Picnic today at Sunnyside Park

We are set up at Sunnyside Park near Sweet Home for the Linn County Small Woodlands Association summer picnic. Follow the tree tour signs past the main entrance. We are at the covered kiosk. It is sunny at 10:30a.m. Picnic hours are 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Potluck. Lunch about noon.  We will be talking about the Bob Mealey project during the day. See you there.

Sherm, Fay Sallee honored for 4-H efforts

Long-time Linn County Small Woodlands Association members Sherm and Fay Sallee are featured in the July 16 Albany Democrat Herald focusing on their 4-H activities.
The feature was written by Alex Paul. It had top billing in the daily paper Tuesday during Linn County Fair week.
Fay Sallee heads up the LCSWA education committee. Sherm Sallee is a past editor of the Bark and has handled publicity for the LCSWA for years. The Clever Clovers 4-H group are well known to LCSWA members who attend the annual dinner in January.
The Sallees have hosted events and board meetings at their home and the Udell family tree farm on Bellinger Scale Road. The couple also kindled the LCSWA annual seedling sale. The sale is how our group raises money for university and 4-H scholarships. The 2020 seedling sale will be the 25th annual sale.
The article details how the couple first met and their love for 4-H. It is a good read throughout.

Otis tree tour touts history, family efforts

Three generations of Tim and Kathy Otis’ family helped tell the story of a historic family tree farm — as the Linn County Small Woodlands Association honored its annual tree farmers of the year. The Otis family hosted the July 6 afternoon tour and potluck picnic on property off Ingram Road near Waterloo. The tree farm property has been in family ownership for more than 150 years. Historic photos, maps of the property and the property’s forest management plan were on display for visitors. Otis family children Steve and Erin spoke about the trials and tribulations of ancestor Capt. William Ingram traveling from the East Coast through treacherous Nicaragua and then up the Columbia River to Oregon City in the early 1850s. Tim and Kathy Otis, with much help from family, 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…

Tree farmer of the year celebration starts

People are gathering on Ingram Road at the Otis family tree farm. Weather is ideal for the celebration of the Tree Farmer of the Year picnic and tree farm tour with Tim and Kathy Otis.
There are photos of the family farm going back to the 1850s. Activities today include hiking the property looking at a recent clear cut and also replanting. There are signs off Highway 20 directing members to the potluck picnic. Food and drinks served about 5 p.m.