Town That Thrived on Logging Is Looking for a Second Growth

SWEET HOME, Ore. — The great forest just east of town beckoned to Dan Rice when he was a young man, as it had to his father and grandfather before him, both proud loggers in a time that now survives mostly in black-and-white photos and in the talk of old men. He and his brothers … Read more

Signing marks new stage for community forest

Representatives of a wide range of local, state and federal government agencies, private organizations and local businesses and residents gathered at the Jim Riggs Community Center Monday, March 10, to send the South Santiam Community Forest project forward to its next chapter. They signed a declaration of cooperation on the project, which essentially states the … Read more

South Santiam Community Forest Corridor members formalize land deal

SWEET HOME — Speaking in Chinuk wawa, the native language of the Grand Ronde tribe, Michael Karnosh said Monday afternoon that “his heart was very happy to be standing here today.” Karnosh was one of several dozen stakeholders who formalized their commitment to the South Santiam Community Forest Corridor concept by signing a declaration of … Read more

Commissioners OK support for All Lands Collaborative project

The Linn County Board of Commissioners will sign a letter supporting the Sweet Home All Lands Collaborative project underway in east Linn County, but not without reservations by chairman Roger Nyquist. Nyquist and Will Tucker were present at Wednesday’s board meeting, but commissioner John Lindsey was not. On March 10, representatives of more than 40 … Read more

Sweet Home to begin 2-year livability initiative

SWEET HOME — Three representatives from The Conservation Fund and the Federal Highway Administration will arrive in Sweet Home Sunday to begin a three-day look at the community’s strengths and weaknesses as a gateway community to public lands. In September, Sweet Home was named one of four communities in the United States — one in … Read more

Solutions Team’s role in community forest coming to end

The South Santiam Community Forest Corridor Oregon Solutions Team is ready to call it quits – in a manner of speaking – after holding its final planning meeting Monday evening, Dec. 16, at the Sweet Home Community Center. What that actually means is that although the Solutions Team’s days are numbered – specifically by a target … Read more

Getting a feel for forest

Members of the South Santiam Community Forest project team on Friday spent the day visiting key sites along the proposed corridor, from Sweet Home to Cascadia Cave. The South Santiam Forest Corridor Project proposes an as-yet undefined corridor along the South Santiam River, from a point that started at a former Knife River (Morse Bros.) … Read more

Forest project team starts

The Oregon Solutions Project team took its first look at a draft vision for the proposed South Santiam Community Forest Corridor Monday afternoon, Jan. 7, in its inaugural meeting in Lebanon. The designation of the Oregon Solutions Team by Gov. John Kitzhaber has created a group of interested and affected parties representing federal, state and … Read more

Community Forest Solutions Team first meeting to be Jan. 7

The Oregon Solutions Project team established to create a South Santiam Community Forest Corridor between Sweet Home and Cascadia will hold its first meeting from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the River Center in Lebanon. The purpose of the meeting will be to develop a detailed draft vision statement with long-term goals … Read more

Santiam forest project team sets first meeting

LEBANON — The first meeting of the Oregon Solutions project team focusing on the South Santiam Community Forest Corridor will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the River Center, 3000 South Santiam Highway. Project manager Steve Bryant said the goal is to “explore a more detailed draft vision statement with … Read more