JJSWA: Annual Tour and Picnic June 14
Jackson Josephine Small WoodlandsAssociation
Annual Tour & Picnic
Saturday, June 14
Tour 9-11:30 am, Picnic 11:30 am
PLEASE PSVP TO 541-776-7371
Join us for a tour of the Wards Creek property of Bill and Mary Potterf, the 2013
Jackson Josephine County Tree Farmers of the Year – Non-members welcome!
Bill and Mary Potterf purchased their 80-acre forest property
from Mary’s father Walt Wampler and began managing it in1990. Their plans took an abrupt turn on August 3, 1992, when a fire started near Rogue River and swept eastward, overrunning
their parcel. In the end the East Evans fire consumed 10,000 acres of forest and four homes. When the Potterfs returned to their property after the fire the ground was black and most of the trees had been killed. They promptly salvaged
the burnt trees and planted thousands of seedlings of Douglasfir and pine.
Within a couple of years the brush had rebounded
and threatened to overtop the young saplings, setting the stage for a battle that continues today. After countless hours of planting, brush control, thinning, and firewood harvest, the property now has a diverse and thriving forest, filled with
vigorous trees. There is a shaded picnic ground and beautiful footpath that follows the creek. Bill has experimented with plantings of redwood, giant
sequoia, and other species, and even applications of rock flour as fertilizer. On this tour you’ll also see examples of hardwood sprout management, firewood harvesting, reforestation, brush control, post-fire salvage, trail building and much more. Join us!
Bring a folding chair, your own items to grill, table settings, and a salad or dessert to share. We
will provide the drinks and barbecue equipment.
Directions: Take I-5 Exit 48, Rogue River. Drive into Rogue River (across railroad tracks), heading straight to Tintersection.
Right turn onto Main St. Continue past shopping center (Ray’s Market, etc) on right. Left on Wards Creek Rd.
Go up Wards Creek a few miles to Boyd Rd. Left on Boyd Rd. Continue up this gravel rd. to top (1+ miles). Entrance to Potterf’s is on left. Watch for signs.
Agriculture, 4-H Youth, Family & Community Development,
Forestry, and Extension Sea Grant Programs. Oregon State
University, United States Department of Agriculture, and
Jackson County cooperating. The Extension Service offers
its programs and materials equally to all people. If you need
particular accomodations, please call the Extension Office
at 541-776-7371 at least 7 days prior to the event.