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Pine grove to honor local forester


March 10, 2021

BILL BOWLING of the Linn County Small Woodlands Association plants a ponderosa pine seedling at Sunnyside Park last week.

Last Thursday, March 4, a quartet of men busily planted potted pines on a knoll just north of the ponds at Sunnyside Park.

Their activity was the culmination of a years-long effort by local forestry enthusiasts, designed to highlight reforestation of the tree they were planting, the Willamette Valley ponderosa pine.

The Sunnyside project, which will be named the  Robert H. Mealey Pine Grove, is composed of 50 young trees that will honor former resident Bob Mealey, who worked to restore the native species of trees to the valley until his death in 2007.

The project is a collaboration of...

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