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Spring brings volunteer opportunities in the Tillamook State Forest
 
March 30, 2011
 
News Media Contact:                   
Kevin Weeks (503) 945-7427 -- (program specialists listed for each event will have detailed information about their specific volunteer event)
 
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has a variety of events planned in April and May to provide vital maintenance of public facilities in the 364,000-acre Tillamook State Forest. Members of the public who would like to contribute their time to help keep their largest State Forest accessible for recreation are welcome to help out at several projects scheduled for the next few weeks.

Saturday April 9
Motorcycle & ATV Trail Project Day in the Tillamook District
 
Volunteers will be installing concrete grid blocks on trail tread approaches leading to the two new 24-foot Off-Highway Vehicle trail bridges recently donated by the Oregon Motorcycle Riders Association (OMRA). OMRA obtained an Oregon State Parks ATV Grant to fund purchase of the materials, acquired Tillamook County permits and supervised the contractor responsible for construction of these two new trail bridges to ODF standards.  OMRA volunteer labor provided the match for the grant.
 
A volunteer recently donated a truck load of concrete grid blocks to harden the trail approaches to these two bridges; hardening those approaches will help prevent potential stream sedimentation caused by  the bridge trail tread leading to the bridges and protect the bridge deck thresholds from wear.  
 
Volunteers with quads and the proper racks or tie-downs are welcome to assist with transporting grid blocks from the trail heads to the bridge sites.  The necessary hand tools to perform that work will be provided by the ODF.  ODF personnel will also assist with transportation of the grid blocks to the bridge sites as necessary and supervise proper installation.  Worksites are within walking distance (a quarter-mile to one mile) from the trail head, and volunteers are welcome to use their motorcycles or quads to reach the work sites. Volunteers are asked to gather and park at the Smith Homestead Trailhead lot, just east of the Tillamook Forest Center on Oregon Highway 6, between 8:30 and 9:00 that morning to register for the project.
 
Project Coordinator:
Dave Hiatt – ODF Tillamook Off-Highway Vehicle specialist, 503-815-7024 --  dhiatt@odf.state.or.us for more details.
 
Assistance provided by OMRA  
 

Saturday April 16
SOLV (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) Annual Forest Clean-up Day
 
 
Help mark Earth Day by cleaning up litter and dump sites within the Tillamook State Forest. On Saturday, April 16th the Tillamook State Forest will participate in the annual SOLV IT! Earth Day Event by sponsoring a clean-up project.  ODF staff and volunteers will work together to remove garbage and invasive plant species from various locations across the eastern portion of the Tillamook State Forest.
 
In 2010, over fifty volunteers assisted ODF with the Earth Day Event by removing twelve tons of garbage in one day from the Tillamook State Forest, including 122 tires and one junked automobile. The Oregon Department of Forestry welcomes these volunteer efforts to keep NW Oregon’s public forests open for recreation use.
 
Pre-registration for this work party date is available through the SOLV website -- Volunteers should come prepared for a long day, bringing a sack lunch and wear clothing appropriate for messy work such as long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes and work gloves.  Registration starts at 8:30 AM at the ODOT sand shed at milepost 33 on Oregon Highway 6. 
 
Project Coordinator:
Stephanie Beall – ODF Forest Grove recreation coordinator, 503-359-7464 --  sbeall@odf.state.or.us for more details.

Saturday May 14
4x4 Trail Project Day @ Browns Camp
 
On Saturday, May 14th the Oregon Department of Forestry will partner with co-host Jolly Jeepers for a day of trail maintenance on a popular four-wheel drive trail in the Browns Camp Off-Highway Vehicle Area. Volunteers should bring hand tools such as shovels, loppers, pruners, hand saws, and rakes. Registration will start at 9:00 AM at the Rogers Camp Trailhead on Oregon Highway 6 at milepost 33. 
 
Project Coordinator:
Jahmaal Rebb – ODF Forest Grove Off-Highway Vehicle specialist, 503-359-7463 --  jrebb@odf.state.or.us for more details.

Thank You Tillamook State Forest Volunteers
 
These three projects will be supervised by ODF staff, and ODF provides tools. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves, eye protection and wear leather boots that come up over the ankles.  Personal rain gear is always a good idea for venturing into the Tillamook State Forest.
 
In 2009, the Tillamook State Forest benefitted from almost 13,500 hours of time donated by Oregonians to help maintain and improve public access in their State Forest. There are many ways to get involved and volunteer in the Tillamook State Forest, including the Adopt-a-Trail program, Trail Patrol or Camp Host programs, SOLV Forest Clean-up Day and work parties maintaining both Off-Highway Vehicle trails and non-motorized trails in the forest.
 
Additional information about volunteer opportunities in the Tillamook State Forest can be found at:  www.oregon.gov/ODF/tillamookstateforest/volunteerhome.shtml 
 
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