Merrily Enquist has been involved in Tree School since the mid 1990's, first as an attendee, then as a volunteer helping Mike Bondi as his assistant, and later as our Tree School Coordinator and the moving force behind this popular event for woodland owners and Christmas tree growers. She brings skills from three important sources: a teaching career working with adults at Portland Community College, her training in the OSU Master Woodland Manager program and her knowledge and experience as a woodland owner. Merrily says of her work with Bondi,, "Working with Mike and the Tree School program continues to be an experience that combines my interest in forestry with a life long love of learning. As a graduate of OSU, I enjoy the continuing association with the university.
Enquist, a true Clackamas County native, comes from an early Oregon pioneer family and still owns a 300 acre tree farm, part of a family ownership dating back more than 125 years. She now shares that ownership with her daughter and daugters young family. She says of her ownership, "Tradition and appreciation for the work and accomplishment of my family members are motivating factors behind my continued interest in the land. It is a privilege and a heritage to treasure." Merrily's parents, Walter and Marie Hardy representing the third generation on the farm were life-long county residents, were well known for their participation and leadership in county farm and forestry organizations for many years.
After graduation from Molalla High School, Enquist's first significant job before attending OSU, was as secretary to Clackamas County Extension Agent, John Inskeep, one of the county's early faculty assigned to the county. However, Merrily's connection with OSU began even earlier in her life with a nine-year childhood involvement with 4-H, an experience she describes as "pivotal and an extraordinarily influential" in her life.