Louise Marquering presents excellent reasons for the community to work together to add Witham Oaks to its park system — an idea which has been supported in Corvallis for decades.

We read of efforts to restore Albany’s 103-year-old train baggage storage room at a cost of over $1 million and recall editor Hasso Hering’s support for spending $3 million on the Buena Vista Ferry, which will help a few farmers save gas getting across the river.

Why then is there any hesitation about saving the wonderful old oaks gracing the slopes of the Witham Oaks property — many of which were old before Oregon was a state — and restoring the marshlands which flow into Oak Creek and our rivers, the Marys and the Willamette?

Our land is our best historic legacy, and this special area is used and loved by many in the community. The delay in the auction gives us more time to muster our resolve and our resources. I know I will dig deeper into my own pocket to help, even if that means ignoring the appeals from other organizations that I may have supported in the past.

Pat Haggerty, Corvallis

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