Bill and Mary Potterf are volunteers of the year

Bill standing next to a tree he planted after the 1992 East Evans fire burned through his property
Bill standing next to a tree he planted after the 1992 East Evans fire burned through his property

Bill and Mary Potterf: are the Jackson/Josephine Small Woodlands Association Volunteers of the Year!

Bill has stepped up to the plate a number of times to be President of our chapter. The first was when the chapter was experiencing a leadership "vacuum." Bill agreed to be the new President and began to turn things around. He is always the first to raise his hand whenever volunteers are needed.

Mary always cheerfully pitches in to help whenever necessary. For many years, she has done a fantastic job of providing beautiful table decorations for the Chapter's annual meetings.

Bill and his Mary own 80 wooded acres near the town of Rogue River. They received a rude introduction to southern Oregon forestry issues in 1992 when much of their property burned in 10,000 East Evans Creek wildfire. Since then they have salvaged burned timber, planted thousands of trees and battled the endless brush in an effort to reclaim the site as a forest.

Bill’s friendliness and boundless enthusiasm for woodland management are infectious. He is a tireless recruiter for the small woodlands chapter and is responsible for bringing many new woodland owners into the fold. Bill has hosted numerous tours of his own property and has played key roles in many Extension educational programs, from Tree School to the basic forestry short course. He is a “can do” type of person who isn’t afraid to corral others for volunteer duty. In addition to his activities with the local JJSWA chapter, Bill currently serves as a vice-president for the Oregon Small Woodlands Association.

 

By Dennis Morgan, president

Jackson Josephine Small Woodlands Association

Max Bennett, OSU Extension Service

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