|Volunteers sought for Clatsop State Forest advisory panel|
|Do you enjoy recreating in the Clatsop State Forest? You can help guide the management of the 137,000-acre public forest by serving on the Recreation Advisory Committee. The Oregon Department of Forestry is seeking volunteers to serve on the Clatsop State Forest panel. |
The committee consists of five positions that represent the interests of a broad range of recreational users on the Clatsop, including:
- off-highway vehicle (OHV) users
- outdoor enthusiasts (outdoor sports such as hiking, hunting, fishing, mountain biking and camping)
- outdoor enthusiasts (general)
|"This committee provides a forum for recreational users to have direct input into the development and review of recreation policies, plans and projects for the Clatsop,” Astoria District Forester Tom Savage said. Currently there are two vacancies on the committee: outdoor enthusiast and citizen at large.
If you're interested in applying for membership on the recreational advisory committee, please complete an application form, and submit by June 15, 2012, via postal mail, e-mail, or fax, to the contact information listed below.
Oregon Department of Forestry
92219 Highway 202
Astoria, OR 97103
The form is available on the web at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIELD/ASTORIA/aboutastoria.shtml#Recreation
or from the Astoria District office (Phone: 503-325-5451).
|Special Anniversary for Douglas Forest Protective Association|
"100 years of fire protection" is the new motto of the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA), which turned 100 years old in May.
DFPA 100th anniversary group photo (above) and cake (below)
Originally called The Douglas County Fire Patrol Association, DFPA was formed on May 6, 1912. Since then the DFPA has built a reputation that places them among the finest in the country. Private landowners pay for fire protection; the DFPA protects timberlands at $1.21 an acre and grazing land for 60 cents an acre. Some 27 fire surveillance cameras are dispersed
throughout the district. The association
provides wildfire protection to some
1.6 million acres of private, county, state and
BLM lands, averaging 103 fires per year
over the last 100 years.
|Always striving for excellence and unity, the strong leadership and the dedication of board members, employees and especially, landowners in the community have been instrumental to their success.
For more information about the DFPA, including its history, campfire information, or, to purchase a commemorative T-shirt, visit www.dfpa.net.
|Never a better time to prevent wildfires|
Wildfire Awareness Week in May was a good reminder of the importance of wildfire risk and fire prevention throughout Oregon. |
Create defensible space around your home by removing dead vegetation a minimum of 30 feet around your house. Remove dead branches overhanging your roof, and any branches within 10 feet of your chimney. Clean dead leaves and needless from your roof and gutters and stack woodpiles uphill and at least 30 feet away from structures.
And, by all means, make time to visit the Keep Oregon Green Association for more fire prevention tips!
|Mike Cloughesy named "Forester of the Year"|
Mike Cloughesy, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute’s (OFRI) director of forestry, won the 2012 Forester of the Year award, the top honor awarded by the Oregon chapter of the Society of American Foresters (OSAF).
Additionally, Jordan Benner, OFRI’s public outreach program manager, received OSAF’s Forestry Appreciation Award, and Ron Stuntzner, an OFRI board member, received OSAF’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cloughesy directs OFRI’s programs for forest landowners. Previously, he served as OFRI's director of outreach education, assistant leader of the Forestry Extension program, and forest resources professor at Oregon State University College of Forestry. He serves on the Oregon Board of Forestry’s Committee for Family Forestland and is part of the Oregon Forest Biomass Working Group. He is a longtime leader of OSAF, including immediate past chair.
“Mike has this great ability to tell the story about Oregon’s forests in a way that reaches an incredibly wide range of audiences; from his own peers — foresters and scientists — all the way to the broader population,” said Clark Seely, OSAF awards chair.
Benner earned recognition as a non-forestry professional for producing several public communication programs, including OFRI’s new animated “Forest Fact Breaks,” an interpretive signage program on the Sunset Highway, two forestry videos, and OFRI’s pocket guide, Forest Facts and Figures; for managing OFRI’s speakers bureau; and for his role in creating www.oregonforests.org, OFRI’s new public website.
|Kids learn about work ethic while having fun at "Take Your Child to Work Day"|
|Staff at ODF’s Salem office hosted some 20 schoolchildren for the morning during April’s “Take Your Child to Work Day.” Kids got a chance to visit their parent’s workplace, learn a little about forestry and fire prevention, and enjoy a short nature hike (photo upper right) on the Salem campus.
Meanwhile, over at South Fork Forest Camp (lower right photo, camp director Nathan Seable and visitors), children also joined the staff and crews for the day there, learning all about South Fork, and the great things they do for all of us - and all of Oregon.
|Oregon declares war on boxwood blight|
An invasive fungal plant disease that's new to North America has been detected in Oregon nurseries, and homeowners are being asked to keep an eye out for the disease. Symptoms include long blackish-brown cankers that appear as stripes on stems, causing severe defoliation and dieback. In the spring, the fungus produces clusters of white spores visible to the naked eye. The disease doesn't spread through the air, but is transmitted plant-to-plant by rain splash and contaminated trimmers. |
Outside the nursery environment, boxwood blight has caused significant damage in European landscapes - something Oregon and other U.S. states want to avoid. Dan Hilburn, administrator of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, advises homeowners to check plants carefully before purchasing, purchase from reputable retailers, and, check existing boxwoods in your landscapes for signs of the disease. If you have a plant that's exhibiting signs, including excessive leaf loss, take the plant out and destroy it before it can infect other plants.
One positive aspect of this latest invasive disease of Oregon plant life is that boxwood blight doesn't affect other plants, so officials won't have to deal with an outbreak in the wild.
For more information: www.oregon.gov/ODA/news/120222boxwood.shtml.
|OFRI unveils new "go-to" forest website for Oregonians|
The Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) has redesigned their website - a hub and jumping-off point for forest information, resources, and activities. Interactive features offer visitors the chance to discover more about Oregon forest ownership, history, management, tree types, and more. Campers, hikers, and others looking for outdoor recreation and education will find it useful, as well as students wanting objective information about the state's abundant natural resources.
In addition to accessing outdoor recreation information, site visitors can download publications, watch videos, research forest management techniques and legal protections, learn about wood products, and get career and economic information.
Curious minds can use a new "Ask a Forester" feature to get answers from the experts. There's even a blog, written by OFRI staff and guest columnists.
For K-12 teachers and forestry educators, OFRI is simultaneously launching www.LearnForests.org.
You can visit OFRI's new website at: www.oregonforests.org.
|Schoolkids in Sweet Home help get fire prevention message out|
Elementary schools in Sweet Home had fun creating poster artwork about fire prevention recently for ODF's Sweet Home office. The winning entries will be used to get the fire prevention message out in high traffic areas around Sweet Home.
Just one of several winning entries in the poster contest
|New Forestry offices in Sisters, John Day boosts fire response, customer service|
|If Oregon Department of Forestry workers in John Day and Sisters seem excited about their new offices, please excuse their glee. Back when the former Sisters Unit office was being built, firefighters battled the second of six fires that would become known collectively as the Tillamook Burn. Little more than a decade later when the John Day office was dedicated, Oregonians were preoccupied with a breaking news event on the other side of the world: The Korean War had just begun. |
Replacement of the two buildings had been planned for a long time. The aging structures no longer supported the business needs of the department, and they were costing more and more to repair. Fire response also figured as a major concern. Back when the offices were built, they lay outside the urban growth area, which enabled firefighters to make quick runs on reports of fire.
But the towns eventually grew around them, slowing down ODF’s fire engines as they negotiated residential and business areas on their way to an incident.
And these field offices make plenty of fire runs.
“In a typical fire season, we respond to more than 100 wildfire incidents out of each location,” Assistant Central Oregon District Forester Kristin Cotugno said. “These new facilities and new locations along major highways will help us improve our efficiency and effectiveness in protecting Oregon’s Forests.”
Located next to Malheur National Forest headquarters, the new John Day Unit office (photo above, upper left) has direct access to Highway 26. The new Sisters office is east of town on Highway 126 (photo above, lower left).
The $4.75 million expense to construct the Sisters and John Day replacement offices was authorized in ODF’s 2007-2009 budget. The cost was covered by “Go, Oregon!” stimulus funds and state Certificate of Participation (COP) dollars. The latter funds are similar to a mortgage. The agency is paying six percent on the COP dollars it received.
|Tillamook Forest Center Summer Hours --- and Summer Fun!|
Just in time for the recent Memorial Day week-end, the Tillamook Forest Center switched to their summer hours and is now open seven-days-a-week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer hours will continue through the Labor Day week-end. |
Over the Memorial Day week-end, the center hosted the first Wildflower Walk of the season. View some of these often miniature beauties on the center’s Facebook page in the photo album “Spring Flowers at the Tillamook Forest Center”, including wood violets, spring beauty, trillium, and red columbine, to name just a few. More wildflower walks will be held on Sunday, June 3 at both 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.- leissurely strolls along center trails to discover the many wildflowers of the Tillamook State Forest. Bring a field guide (or pick one up in the center’s gift shop), or just bring yourself and explore what’s blooming on the forest floor.
Other scheduled center programs for the summer season include open country/folk/bluegrass music jams at 1 p.m. on the first Sundays of June, July, and August, as well as the center’s signature “Return From the Burn” event which, this year, will be the weekend of August 11-12.
||And, in case you haven’t yet seen these stunning photos, on Wednesday, May 2, center staff had the privilege of watching a bald eagle at close range perched on a low-lying branch above the Wilson River, right out the center’s back door (photo, left). This was the closest observation of a bald eagle that center staff has ever had. Check out the rest of the photos of this majestic raptor, captured by the center’s interpretive coordinator (and photographer extraordinaire!), Chris Friend, and learn some fun facts about these wonderful “fish eagles” whose numbers have thankfully been increasing, giving us all more opportunities to see these awesome birds for ourselves.|
More information about the Tillamook Forest Center, and programs and events, can be found on their website at:
and on Facebook (“Like” us while you’re at it!) at: http://www.facebook.com/tillamookforestcenteroregon.
Admission is always free! Visit the Tillamook Forest Center today and “find yourself in the forest.”
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In this issue
-DFPA 100th Anniversary
-Clatsop Forest Panel Volunteers Sought
-Wildfire Prevention Reminder
-Forester of the Year - Mike Cloughesy
-Take Your Child to Work Day
-New OFRI Website
-Sweet Home Schoolkids' Fire Prevention Posters
-New ODF Sisters and John Day Offices
-Tillamook Forest Center Summer Hours and Fun!