McKenzie River Reflections

Training a fruit tree into an espalier takes a good dash of dedication

 

Espaliered treesBy Kym Pokorny

Espaliered trees bring fruit down to eye level. They allow for easy picking and take advantage of small spaces.

But don’t kid yourself into thinking espaliers are any easier than regular-sized trees, said Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

“Espalier is one of many ways to prune – or design -- a fruit tree,” he said. “It’s beautiful, it doesn’t take up a lot of room in the yard. There are a lot of reasons to do it, but it takes dedication and time. It’s like growing grapes or wisteria correctly.”

Lavender worldThe McKenzie River Lavender Festival got off to a good start today for the first of a 3-day event held this weekend at 40882 McKenzie Hwy., just east of Walterville. The free festival at the McKenzie River Lavender is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fire Restrictions Expand to Wildernesses

The Willamette National Forest is expanding public use fire restrictions to its Wilderness areas, effective Friday, July 10th. This means the following activities will be prohibited:

July 8 - 14, 2015

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Shallow 4.2 magnitude earthquake near Walterville this morning

Earthquake
14km (9mi) ENE of Springfield, Oregon
19km (12mi) E of Eugene, Oregon
51km (32mi) S of Lebanon, Oregon
63km (39mi) SSE of Corvallis, Oregon
97km (60mi) S of Salem, Oregon

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.21

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-07-04 08:42:18
Depth (Hypocenter) : 9.889 km

July 1 - 7, 2015

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Cut down on chance of disaster with fire-resistant landscape

FireproofBy Kym Pokorny
Drawing a line around the house with fire-resistant landscapes can mean the difference between a home consumed by flames and one left standing.
“Fire specialists love to show us pictures of houses where people took precautions,” said Brad Withrow-Robinson, forester with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “I’ve seen umpteen photos of land charred all around and a little house left standing in the middle. Not always, but often.”
This year could be a bad one for people who live in rural areas or on rural-urban boundaries, he said.

Public Use Restrictions Go Into Effect 07/02/2015; No fires outside designated fire rings

Due to increased fire danger levels, the Willamette National Forest will initiate the following public use restrictions, effective Thursday, July 2nd:

Fire signMoisture and instability that moved into the region last Friday generated thunderstorms that resulted in 789 strikes in Oregon according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland,

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