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Volunteer opportunities in the Tillamook State Forest during May
May 11, 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 several events planned in May to provide vital maintenance of public facilities and habitat restoration 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 couple weeks:

Saturday May 14 - Two events!
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 Lyda Camp.  Turn south at milepost 28 from Oregon Highway 6 onto South Fork Road.  Follow South Fork Road 2 for 2.5 miles.  Turn RIGHT when the road splits, staying on South Fork Road.  Cross the concrete bridge; registration will be by the information board to your left.
Project Coordinator:
Jahmaal Rebb – ODF Forest Grove Off-Highway Vehicle specialist, 503-359-7463 --  jrebb@odf.state.or.us for more details.

Habitat Restoration Project on the Nehalem River
The Oregon Hunters Association will be hosting a volunteer work day open to the public focusing on habitat restoration for wildlife that depend on the Nehalem River. The primary objective will be removing scotch broom along a section of the Nehalem River and re-seeding the area to achieve a meadow-style condition that will help wildlife find adequate forage.  
Volunteers are asked to gather that morning at Ingersol Road, located a quarter-mile north of Reehers Camp near Timber. There will be several signs posted and pink flagging tape will be placed on the route. Main highway access will be from Cochran Road, which is on Timber Road about 3 miles south of the Timber Road intersection on U.S. Highway 26 or about 5 miles north of the Glenwood interchange of Oregon Highway 6.
Please contact project coordinator Wayne Brown in advance for a correct lunch count and to get additional details about the work site.
Project Coordinator:
Wayne Brown – ODF Forest Grove Reforestation Forester, 503-359-7438 --  wbrown@odf.state.or.us for more details.

Saturday May 21
Wilson River Trail Spring Maintenance (Horse, Hiker, Mountain Biker)
On Saturday, May 21st the Oregon Department of Forestry will host day of trail maintenance on the popular Wilson River Trail. Hand tools will be provided.  Volunteers should bring lunch, water, and wear long pants and sturdy shoes.
Registration will start at 9:30 AM at the west end of the Tillamook Forest Center parking lot.  Keep your eyes open on Oregon Highway 6 between mileposts 22-23 for the Tillamook Forest Center entrance.
Project Coordinator:
Nathan Seable – ODF Tillamook Recreation Manager, 503-815-7044-- nseable@odf.state.or.us for more details.

Additional information
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