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Page I 0 Vct JD C.ctJNivv I/ ,, "r,, - July 18, 2012 Local fire protection cooperative effort marks 100 years By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home High School wasn't the only organization cel- ebrating its 100th anniversary last week. The Linn Forest Protective As- sociation celebrated its 100th birth- day on July 11 at the Oregon De- partment of Forestry Sweet Home Unit. Nearly 100 attended the lunch provided by Denim and Pearls ca- tering. On hand were the LFPA's two newest engines and the Weyer- haeuser helicopter• The LFPA works with the ODF to provide fire suppression service to about 1.3 million acres of pri- vate and public forestland in the South Cascades District, of which the Sweet Home Unit is a part. The LFPA itself covers approximately 500,000 acres• "This was just one of the most enjoyable opportunities with my career to date," said former District Forester Paul Bell. "This is just one of those true partnerships that just goes on and on and makes things successful." "The harmony that sits around the board of directors is the heart and soul of the system," said Mike Dykzeul of the Oregon Forest In- dustries Council• "You have a ca- pacity of your own you can bring to bear to minimize loss." The relationship between the association members and the ODF in Linn County sets a standard for other forest protective associations, he said, comments that were echoed by a number of state and local elect- ed officials• "This is an incredible example of private and public partnerships and private holding public ac- countable," said state Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, District 17. "If we're not blessed by the timber in this state, I don't know what could be possibly be more valuable," said state Sen. Fred Gi- rod, District 9. "You folks are the heart and soul of my district•" Timber built libraries, schools and other community resources, he said. 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Home sits on 1 acre of nicely maintained lawn and has a 24 x 36 shop. It is a must see at $247,000 MLS#651809 Main Street Frontage...Like new commercial building in immaculate condition. Amenities include large showroom with vaulted ceiling, 4 offices, forced air heating system with AC, central vac system, fresh paint, newly refinished floors, ADA compliant (in 2002) bathroom, mini kitchen, and laundry hookups. Could be used for hair salon, retail, medical, or office space. $169,900 MLS#651056 (541)409-4962 Kitsey Trewin J (541)401-5612 Angela Weld I (541)619-6143 Diann Rasmussen (541) 409-9132 Debbie Adams I (541) 40%|800 Todd Branson was 1912, said Milt Moran, LFPA president. The only fire of any con- sequence was in April after five days of soaking rain. A crown fire ran through the tops, while underbrush burned with difficulty. It went out of control due to the carelessness of a fire warden. At the opening of the 1912 fire season, the LFPA had only one look- out with a telephone, Moran said. That was on Hurricane Deck, now called High Deck. The lookout had been built by Linn and Lane Timber Company and the Road Grant Com- pany. Three more were selected to be rigged with telephones to the val- leys below. Among them were Cleveland Rock, now Snow Peak, connecting Lacomb, the home of the first Chief Forester, John Marrs, to Avery In- terest and Mill City. The second was Green Peter Lookout, the only lookout remain- ing in operation near Sweet Home. The lookout featured a trail to near- by Bald Peter, which provided the lookout patrolman a "skyline beat" between he two peaks, a successful innovation that was followed by the U.S. Forest Service. Horse Rock Lookout was par- tially paid for by Booth Kelly Lum- ber Company and other Mohawk interests. More than 20 fires were started by lightning that season, including two that were visible only at night to the lookouts, Moran said. All were promptly extinguished by rangers. In 1910, a damaging fire had run: for two days before b eifig dis- covered, Moran said, and Marts re- ported in 1912 that "telephone look- outs are here to stay." At that point, the association exclusively owned about 40 miles of telephone lines, all flanked by good horse trails• "In common with all firefight- ing organizations, we consider the patrol system our basis and main reliance," Marrs said. "The personal equation must be considered in all enterprises, but good patrolmen, well directed and cooperating with faithful lookout men, should extin- guish practically all fires, especially if they have those two powerful and necessary aids, efficient telephone equipment and good trails." Much of the LFPA's charge of 3 cents per acre was to pay for trail and telephone line construction, Marrs said. "(It) could not be called Photos by Sean C. Morgan Milt Moran talks about the history of the LFPA. Below are gathered mem- bers of the LFPA and employees of the Oregon Department of Forestry and other agencies gathered for a lunch prepared by Denim and Pearls. exorbitant when it is realized that much work should have been done years ago and that the directors can guarantee the expenses for trai!s and telephones next year will be much less." The rate is around $'.30 per acre today. At the end of the 1912 report, Marrs said, "There is a faction in the state that would like to see the coun- ty or state officials take charge of the firefighting machinery. This would sooner or later mean the injection of politics. The surest method to block such a scheme is for the timber own- ers to thoroughly organize, either in county or local patrols, and demon- strate to the state that they are able to conserve its timber resources." Today, there are 12 forest pro- tective associations cooperating with the ODE The 1913 report showed 98 member companies representing 261,000 acres, up from 84 in 1912 with only 8,900 acres and a total pa- trol area of 335,000 acres. The LFPA started sharing ex- penses on the southern lookout with timber owners in Lane County and a "speeder patrolman" who followed trains on the Corvallis and Eastern Railroad, paid for jointly by the LFPA and the Clackamas-Marion 'Asgoci'ati0n ............. ' ' The LFPA had 81 miles of phone lines, with assets .conserva- tively estimated at $5,000, total re- ceipts of $4,800 on an assessment of 2 cents per acre. The association had a cash carryover of $74•61• Louis W. Hill, Oregon Western Colonization Company and Wil- lamette Valley Lumber Company (later Willamette Industries) were accepted as members in 1939. A new headquarters was built in Sweet Home in 1955. In 1979, the LFPA contracted with the state forester to assume firefighting responsibilities, and the Linn County State District, part of the ODE was formed. In 2004, the Linn County State District became the Sweet Home Unit of the South i2ascades Dis- trict. I Sewer From page 1 mendation in April to increase the water rate. The increase will raise approxi- mately $1.99 million, Adams said. The rate is calculated to cover the cost of a year of wastewater opera- tions, Adams said. Included in the calculation of the rate is the annual loan payment of $1.08 million for recently com- pleted sewer repair projects, Adams said. "Due to the city's utility billing program, the rates identified within the resolution will begin being re- flected on the billing received the first of the month in September," Adams said. Voting for the increase were Mayor Craig Fentiman, Jim Gour- ley, Greg Mahler and Scott McKee Jr. Absent were Marybeth Angulo, Mike Hall and Ron Rodgers. In other business, the council: • Approved a package of re- quests for the Oregon Jamboree, scheduled for Aug. 3 to Aug. 5. Sankey Park will be closed from 6 a.m. Friday, July 27, to 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6. Parts of 14th and 18th avenues will be closed and designated as disabled parking only, with 18th Av- enue completely shut off between Long and Grape streets at l0 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the direction of the police chief. The council waived peddler's license requirements, the event fee and fees for water service and con- sumption along with some employ- ee service fees. The council granted a public address permit for the Main Stage, the Spirit Mountain Casino Stage at Sankey Park and the Safeway park- ing lot. The council granted permission to use city property for beer gardens and recommended approval of the Jamboree's liquor license and to use the property adjacent to the Police Department and the Event Center, 4000 Long Str., as additional camp- grounds. The council agreed that the city would provide general assistance. The council agreed to allow semi truck and equipment storage at the Public Works maintenance facil- ity off 24th Avenue. The Police Department, pri- marily due to reduced staffing lev- els, will cut back its presence inside the Jamboree grounds, said Police Chief Bob Burford. This will likely manifest itself by officers on foot covering not only the Jamboree grounds but also the surrounding campgrounds. The Jamboree will backfill for this reduction using certified private security personnel, Burford said.