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February 17, 2021

Conner Tye, a Lebanon 4-H student, delivers plants to Jeanine Walker and her pooches during the Linn County Small Woodlands Association's 26th annual Seedling Sale Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center. Here, This year's sale included more than 10,000 seedlings and plants sold in 250 orders. Some two dozen volunteers worked more than 13 hours bagging plants and wrapping them in newsprint for pick-ups on Feb. 6. Money raised pays for $2,000 annual, renewable scholarships for Oregon State University forestry students living in Linn County, as well as scholarships for 4-H forestry students.

By Kym Pokorny

Oregon State University Writer

Oregon is the first state in the nation to form a Master Melittologists program of trained community scientists dedicated to preserving and cataloguing bees that are native to the state.

Like OSU Extension Master Gardeners, the Master Melittologist program intensively trains volunteers on the meticulous work of locating and cataloging the bees that no one has seen before. While Oregon is known for honey bees that pollinate much of the food we eat, the state is also home to about 600 native bees, many that are pollinators, too.

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