We have a rare chance to preserve Witham Oaks as open space. This 94-acre property on the west end of town includes oak woodland, one of Oregon's most threatened native habitats, and the one that takes the longest to regenerate. The walkway through this area is enjoyed by many Corvallis residents.

Recently slated for development, this property is now headed for auction on Jan. 29. A group called Friends of Witham Oaks hopes to preserve the property and donate it to the City of Corvallis as park land.

I encourage you to learn more about this unique property by visiting www.withamoaks.org today.

In five years, will we be proud of our community for preserving this space for future generations to enjoy? Or will we be shaking our heads at the sight of more McMansions, where 300-year-old oaks once stood?

Joel Geier

Corvallis

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