Pine education project comes alive at Sunnyside Park

Forestry group, county combine efforts to showcase Ponderosas


October 19, 2022

Courtesy of Larry Mauter/LCSWA

LCSWA member Jim Merzenich, left and Steve Mealey talk Saturday Oct. 15. Steve's father, Robert H. Mealey, is featured in the pine restoration story that is part of the forestry education effort.

By Larry Mauter

LCSWA member

A Ponderosa pine education project at Sunnyside Park featuring local history was dedicated Saturday, Oct. 15.

Double-sided interpretive panels explain the history and rebound of the Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine - a separate race of pines from those growing in Eastern Oregon or south.

Along with the covered signs, a grove of 60 young pines was planted in March 2021.

Also featured in the panels is the story of Robert H. Mealey, a forester who was part of a pioneering Sweet Home family.

He established the Linn County chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Associ...

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