Everyone is invited to attend a Forest Memorial Service to honor the long and beautiful life of the grove of ancient trees that Oregon State University's College of Forestry "mistakenly" clear-cut in May. The "No Vacancy" cut in the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest destroyed 16 acres of ancient trees, including at least one Douglas fir dating to Shakespearean times — 1599.
During the memorial service, Kim Stafford, Oregon Poet Laureate, will read poems for the trees. Essayist Kathleen Dean Moore will read a meditation she wrote for the forest. The vocal group Absolute Harmony will perform. Jill McAllister, minister for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, will officiate the service. We'll gather for conversation, cider, and donuts after the service.
"The cutting of these ancient trees has caused a deep wound in our community — one that will last for generations," says Doug Pollock, the founding director of Friends of OSU Old Growth. "This ceremony is not about politics or forestry practices; it’s about a community coming together to express our profound sadness about what has been lost."
At a later date, a memorial plaque will be placed on the stump of a 420-year-old tree, quoting Wangari Maathai: "We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own."
This event is co-organized by the Spring Creek Project and the Friends of OSU Old Growth. We'll be hosting the memorial service outside, rain or shine. Please bring your raincoats and umbrellas. We encourage you to carpool or use alternative transportation, as parking is limited. Everyone is welcome.
Sunday, October 20 at 3:00pm
Willamette Park Rotary Shelter 1350 SE Goodnight Ave, Corvallis OR 97333