Oak Basin named Tree Farm of the Year


July 6, 2022

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Jim Merzenich, left, and daughter Anna, in foreground, listen in at a recent LCSWA tree farm tour. Anna will graduate with a biology degree from Oregon State University this winter. She is currently in the OSU Extension master woodlands manager program.

By Joe Holmberg

TFOY Selection Chairman

The 956-acre Oak Basin Tree Farm, a family enterprise located south of Brownsville in the Coburg Hills, has been chosen as Linn County's Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year for 2022.

The annual Linn County Small Woodlands Association honor recognizes achievements and activities relating to forestry.

The families of brothers Ed and Jim Merzenich have collaborated in Oak Basin's management for more than a quarter-century. (They, along with Jim's wife, Karen, also received the distinction in 2012.)

"The primary purpose of the tree farm competition is to p...

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