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Tree Farmers of the Year focus on providing 'haven' for critters

By Larry Mauter

For The New Era

Lee Peterman and Shirley Jolliff have been busy shepherding 80 cut-over acres they purchased in 2013. They have come to love a place they call Bogwood - located near the Roaring River County Park.

In 2020, they are the Linn County Tree Farmers of the Year. They will be honored at next summer's Oregon Small Woodlands Association annual meeting.

"We view ourselves as stewards of the land and the creatures that dwell on it," said Peterman, "meaning that we are restoring the native plants and providing shelter and haven for the pollinators, birds, reptiles, mamma...

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