Co-owner of Heritage Seedlings & Liners Inc.
Mark grew up on a farm in Missouri and graduated with degrees from the University of Missouri in agriculture and Texas A&M in soil microbiology. Together with Jolly, his spouse, they operate Heritage Seedlings & Liners Inc. in the Salem, Oregon area. Their specialty is unusual deciduous ornamentals grown in pots, and field transplants up to four feet tall. Started in 1982, the nursery employs about 75 people year-round. It consists of about 15 acres of greenhouses and 120 acres of field-grown transplants. Mark and Jolly have long been involved in volunteer work within the Oregon Association of Nurseries and local charities. They also have widely-acclaimed habitat restoration projects on farms they own, and an active outreach program with students, non-profits, and state agencies on conservation and stewardship issues.