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New Forest History Center to be dedicated on May 2nd
Distribution:  Major Media
Contact: Alan Maul, 503-945-7208 or
Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201
Oregon’s forest history: It’s an integral part of who we are as a state, how we have grown, and what we have become. The Oregon Department of Forestry recognizes and values this history, and what it means to Oregonians.
At 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd, the department will host a dedication for a newly-opened Forest History Center on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Salem campus, at 2600 State Street. The public is invited to attend.
Representatives of the other organizations most involved in the center’s development – Keep Oregon Green Association, Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni, and Oregon Forestry Retirees Association – will also participate in the event, and there will be special displays and an opportunity to visit and tour the center itself.
The Forest History Center provides a place and an opportunity for the public to view and learn about the history of forestry in Oregon.
It also provides a location, historical materials, and an opportunity for individuals to research information related to Oregon’s forest history.
Opening displays at the center include histories of reforestation and fire look-outs, information about large fires in our state over time, and a look back in time at the Civilian Conservation Corps and other New Deal programs and the critical contributions they made to Oregon’s forests.
While a few of the displays will remain permanently, an important feature is that most of the displays will rotate every four to six months, allowing for people to see new things each time they visit.
The center, which will be primarily staffed by volunteers, will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at other times by pre-arrangement.
More information on the center is available on the center’s website at www.foresthistorycenter.oregon.gov.
Note to Media:   In advance of the dedication, a Media Day will be held at the Forest History Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 25th. Media are invited to visit the center, and department staff will be available to offer information and answer questions.  If the 25th is not convenient, arrangements for another day or time can be made by contacting the individuals above or e-mailing fhcinfo@odf.state.or.us.