|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1906, USA|
|Death: ||Aug. 17, 1984|
A newspaper article about Panzy Magness.
Magness Tree Farm
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By Terry Richard
An 80-acre reserve of Douglas fir trees, complete with its own 60-foot fire lookout tower, sits amidst the nut-tree orchards and rapidly expanding suburbia at the south edge of the Portland metro area.
Known as the Magness Memorial Tree Farm, the demonstration forest provides a little-known, high-quality forest recreation opportunity within a 25-mile drive from downtown Portland. The tree farm is five miles south of Sherwood on Southwest Ladd Hill Road.
"When I first started working here 12 years ago," said Mark Allhands, who manages the tree farm for the World Forestry Center of Portland, "we'd have two or three customers come through for a walk every two or three weeks. Now we have a mom come through with a carload of kids every day, unless it's raining."
A carload of visitors a day is still pretty light use of the tree farm's public facilities. With three miles of trail, including a half-mile paved nature path, the visitors are quickly swallowed up by the trail system.
Most head for the Clatskanie fire tower, where a 72-step staircase takes them to views stretching from Mount Hood to the Coast Range. Beneath them is the working tree farm that the World Forestry Center manages for production of Douglas fir trees.
The half-mile John Nagle Nature Trail has a companion information sheet explaining forestry techniques along the trail. Nearby displays include a variety of old logging equipment both outside and inside the Edmund Hayes Visitor Center.
The tree farm has three cabins, a picnic area and a meeting room, complete with kitchen, restrooms and showers for group rental.
WHAT: The 80-acre Magness Memorial Tree Farm is owned by the World Forestry Center of Portland. The farm is managed as a demonstration forest to produce Douglas firs for a variety of uses -- everything from telephone poles to Christmas trees. Howard and Panzy Magness donated the farm to the forestry center in 1977.
DRIVE: From the center of Sherwood, drive south on Main Street for five miles to the tree farm's parking lot. Main Street changes names to South Sherwood Boulevard and Southwest Ladd Hill Road along the way. The parking lot is on the west side of Ladd Hill Road, near a large, yellow diesel Caterpillar. To reach the tree farm from Wilsonville on Interstate 5, take Exit 283 and drive west four miles on Wilsonville Road to Edminston Road. Turn right, drive 1.5 miles to Ladd Hill Road, turn right and drive a half-mile to the tree farm entrance.
THE TRAIL: The loop trail system begins at the visitor center near the parking lot. The route to the fire tower is marked with signs, as is the John Nagle Nature Trail. The Management Loop Trail makes a crossing to the east side of Ladd Hill Road, but the bulk of the tree farm's trail system is on the west side of the road.
Howard Newton Magness (1906 - 1986)*
Howard Lionel Magness (1930 - 1954)*
Created by: Tiffany Otero
Record added: Nov 01, 2006
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Added: Jun. 16, 2015
Howard and Panzy Magness donated the farm to the forestry center in 1977. The 80-acre Magness Memorial Tree Farm.|
Added: May. 18, 2014
Gone, but never forgotten!|
Added: Apr. 8, 2013