OSU Master Woodland Manager volunteers

OSU  Extension Master Woodland Manager Aaron White on his tree farm near Scio, Oregon. Photo by Lynn Ketchum.
OSU Extension Master Woodland Manager Aaron White on his tree farm near Scio, Oregon. Photo by Lynn Ketchum.

Since 1982, the Master Woodland Managers course has trained more than 400 people who have in turn contributed more than 30,000 hours in volunteer service to help private woodland owners manage their forests and care for their land.

“A lot of our volunteers stay active far beyond their required time,” said Nicole Strong, head of the program. “The course asks that they contribute 80 hours, but most of them continue to volunteer for years.”

Butch Tanzey has been a Master Woodland Manager since 2007. He continues to volunteer countless hours in Wallowa County, where he has lived his whole life. “I don’t keep track of the hours. It would scare me to death,” he said.

In 2009 Oregon State University Extension Service honored Tanzey for donating more hours than any other volunteer in the program. “Not a week goes by when I don’t get a call,” he says. “I never say ‘no’ to a request.”

Tanzey, who owns and operates a logging outfit in Wallowa, has seen the surrounding land change hands from loggers to vacationers.

“The main goal I have as a Master Woodland Manager is to help educate people who own a chunk of this real estate,” he said. “They need to understand everything that’s going to affect their land so they make the right choices.”

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