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Final honors for staff of Phipps Forest Nursery
Staff of Phipps Nursery and ODF officials
Contact: Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427
Staff members who worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) D.L. Phipps Forest Nursery near Elkton until the closing of the facility were honored recently with service awards, formal recognition of their work and the appreciation of ODF management for decades of commitment to growing Oregon’s future.       
“The Phipps Nursery provided many trees for Oregon and helped landowners meet their reforestation needs,” said acting nursery manager Anne Helms. “Our staff can drive throughout the state, see our trees and know they made a difference in supporting Oregon’s quality of life.”
The Dwight L. Phipps Forest Nursery was opened in 1957 to provide government agencies, family forests and private landowners with an on-demand source for at-cost tree seedlings without multi-year seedling contracts required. At its peak, the nursery produced 16 million tree seedlings per year. However, changing market conditions within the past decade impacted the nursery’s long-term financial feasibility. A 2006 Board of Forestry decision directed ODF to explore selling the nursery property and find alternatives for providing seedling stock.
Ten members of the Phipps staff received staff recognition or formal service awards on March 24 honoring their service to the Oregon Department of Forestry:
Lisa Clemo – 27 years of service
Alan Harper - 30 Year ODF Service Award recipient
Anne Helms - retiring with 28 years of service to ODF
Rochelle Karpik - 10 Year ODF Service Award recipient
Rosanna Neely - 8 years of service
Earl Plueard - 29 years of service
Jeff Southern - 14 years of service
Richard Stanley - 13 years of service
Elizabeth Van't Zet - 28 years of service
Bonnie Zosel - 29 years of service
Seedling sales operations ceased on April 1. Remaining staff at the nursery are currently involved in shut-down processes for the facility. Operations at the nursery are expected to conclude by May 31, 2008.
Seedlings are still available to Oregon landowners through many private-sector providers. The Oregon Department of Forestry developed a catalog called “Sources of Native Forest Nursery Seedlings ” to assist the public with finding alternate sources for tree seedlings. The guide is available on the ODF web site, www.oregon.gov/ODF.
ODF began providing tree seedlings to Oregon landowners after the Clarke-McNary Act of 1924 provided federal money to states for forest management. A tree-seedling nursery opened near Corvallis in 1925 and provided seedlings beginning in 1927, operating until the opening of the Elkton Nursery thirty years later. The nursery, located three miles south of Elkton, was re-named in 1965 in honor of former State Forester Dwight Phipps who guided its founding.
Oregon’s forests are a renewable resource providing an array of environmental, economic and social benefits. Replanting following timber harvest is required under Oregon law.
Additional information about ODF is available on the agency’s web site, www.oregon.gov/ODF
Photo (L-R): Anne Helms, Elizabeth Van't Zet, Earl Plueard, Jenny Solomon (ODF Salem), Richard Stanley, Lisa Clemo, Alan Harper, Rosanna Neely, Dan Shults (ODF Southern Oregon Area Director), Rochelle Karpik, Dave Lorenz (ODF Western Lane District Forester), Bonnie Zosel.