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Riebens – 2018 Tree Farmers of the Year

Linda and Ernie Rieben were announced as the 2018 Washington County Small Woodlands Association Tree Farmers of the Year at the Annual WCSWA Banquet. Dallas Boge, chair of the Tree Farmer Selection Committee, present Ernie and Linda with the WCSWA custom Tree Farmer sign. The sign is provided courtesy of Stimson Lumber Company each year to the WCSWA Tree Farmer of the Year.

See the rest of the story on page 5 of the December 2018 Forest Forum.

Annual WCSWA Banquet

A record attendance of 114 at the 2018 WCSWA Annual Banquet filled the dining hall at the Meriwether Golf Club on November 17th. Bonnie Shumaker, WCSWA President, set the tone for the evening by presenting highlights of the year for WCSWA. She was followed by Jim James, Executive Director of OSWA, who gave the state-level picture, including the policy and legislative activities, Annual Meeting of OSWA, and Good Neighbor events. Election of Officers resulted in two new Directors: Norbert LePage and Marc Ahrendt, re-election of Bonnie as President, and Vic Herinckx as Vice-President, and Bob Shumaker as Treasurer. (Bonnie and Vic will share the Presidential duties, with Vic taking over as President in mid-year).
The evening was capped off by an excellent presentation by Ian McCluskey, Producer / Reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Field Guide. (above, with Bonnie Shumaker) Ian presented clips from some of his favorite productions of interesting and beautiful places around Oregon. The “back story” on the filming of these Field Guide segments was fascinating. Ian expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to be involved in producing these exceptional glimpses of the many facets of Oregon’s natural values – and he also stated he appreciated being able to share them with those attending the Banquet.

Master Woodland Managers Program:

Washington County has many small woodland owners who have qualified to become Master Woodland Managers under the OSU Extension MWM program. These MWM’s have received training in woodland management science and technology, and are available to serve as volunteer mentor/advisors to other woodland owners.

To receive the services of a MWM, contact Amy Grotta at 503-397-3462



Last updated: December 8, 2018 at 16:21 pm