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June 2011 volunteer opportunities in the Tillamook State Forest
May 31, 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 events planned during June to provide vital maintenance of public resources 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 June 11
Motorcycle & ATV Trail Project Day in the Tillamook District
Volunteers will be installing concrete grid blocks on trail tread approaches leading to a new 24-foot Off-Highway Vehicle trail bridge 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 requirement for the grant.
We will be installing volunteer-donated concrete grid blocks to harden the trail approaches at this bridge; 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 head to the bridge site.  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 site as necessary and supervise proper installation.  The worksite is within walking distance (a quarter-mile) from the trail head, and volunteers are welcome to use their motorcycles or quads to reach the work site. 
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 - http://www.omraoffroad.com/   

Saturday June 18
Step Creek Trail Construction (Horse, Hiker, Mountain Biker)
On Saturday, June 18th, the Oregon Department of Forestry will host a day of trail maintenance on the Step Creek Trail connector segment in the Reehers Camp area.  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 Reehers Camp Trailhead.  Turn SOUTH off of Oregon Highway 26 at the Timber Junction (milepost 38) or NORTH off of Oregon Highway 6 at the Timber Junction (milepost 38.5).  Follow the Timber Highway to Cochran Road.  Turn WEST onto Cochran Road.  Follow Cochran Road for 2.5 miles to the Reehers Camp Trailhead on the Left.
Project Coordinator:
Roger Warren – ODF Forest Grove Recreation Specialist, 503-359.7466--  rwarren@odf.state.or.us for more details.

Many opportunities to volunteer
These 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 2010, the Tillamook State Forest benefitted from more than 9,000 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