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From Toledo Library Director Deborah Trusty:
Last year at this time, the two black walnut trees in front of the Toledo Public Library were removed. The action was taken with deep regret as the trees provided much shade and enjoyment. However, with every storm, they became more and more hazardous. A certified arborist’s best opinion was that the trees were in the last stage of their life cycle.
To honor the trees, the library made arrangements with the Oregon Coast Community Forest Association to store and dry the trees so that their wood could live on through beautiful artwork and furniture. This is an exciting project that will continue to celebrate the trees and our community.
Now a year later, we are pleased to announce the first sale of the beautiful wood found in these trees. On Saturday, October 3 from 11 am to 1 pm, the OCCFA and the library will make the wood available to the public for the first time. This promises to be a special event that will include a history of the Black Walnut trees, an explanation of how we are honoring the trees through local products, a chance to win free pieces of the wood, and an auction of beautiful milled and planed pieces perfect for the wood artisan. Light refreshments will be served. Please plan to join us Saturday, October 3rd from 11-1 for this unique opportunity to own a piece of Oregon coast history.
If you have questions about the trees, please contact Deborah Trusty, Library Director at 541-336-3132 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or Mark Saelens of the OCCFA at 541-270-1889 or email@example.com.