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'Tis the season to visit the Tillamook Forest Center
Oregon Department of Forestry News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                               Distribution:  Major Media
November 16, 2011
Contact:  Jim Quiring, 503-815-6817
This is a great time of year to explore the Tillamook State Forest.  Vivid greens of Oregon’s forest conifers blend with the golds and yellows of lingering autumn leaves.  Bald eagles, with their distinctive white heads, make their seasonal migration back to Oregon’s Coast Range while Chinook and Coho salmon once again return up the Wilson River to spawn.  And, as we travel through and explore the forest, it is also a special season to stop by and visit the Tillamook Forest Center.
The Tillamook Forest Center will be open, bright, warm, and welcoming on the Friday following Thanksgiving, and you and your family and friends are invited to visit. This is a day when most state offices will be closed for a required state furlough, and when even many other government agencies and private businesses will not be operating. Thinking about celebrations and holidays? The Tillamook Forest Center awaits you for both.
The day following Thanksgiving is often considered the official beginning of the holiday gift-shopping season and the Tillamook Forest Center gift shop is a great place to start.   Here you will always find unique local Oregon gift items from books and toys for learning about forests, to beautiful art and jewelry. Books filled with fascinating stories about the local area call out to you to curl up in front of a roaring fire, relax and enjoy. Mugs seem to have been made just to hold that special cup of spiced holiday cheer. Candies, chocolates, and jams can make the perfect Oregon gift to send to family and friends. The Center’s gift shop is an opportunity to find that extra special item for your loved ones. And on right now, just in time for the gift-buying season, an end-of-the-year sale beckons, offering discounts of $7.50 off a $50 purchase and $20 off of purchases over $100.
Holiday shopping is not the only seasonal fun at the Tillamook Forest Center. Over the weekend following Thanksgiving, the Center will once again offer one of its signature events – holiday wreath making. Bring the beauty of the forest home with you this winter by creating your own one-of-a-kind holiday wreath. At this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of natural materials for holiday home decorating.  This annual event is sure to become a cherished family tradition. All basic materials and supplies are included in the program’s low fee of $12 per wreath. Pre-registration is required and sessions fill quickly, so be sure to register early. Holiday wreath-making workshops are offered this year at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27.
The Tillamook Forest Center will be closed for the winter beginning Monday, November 28, 2011. These final days until that closure also offer the last opportunity to view special displays and exhibits focusing on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s history and centennial, which the agency has been celebrating throughout 2011.
Opened in 2006, the Tillamook Forest Center offers visitors the opportunity to explore the Tillamook State Forest, and to learn about its history and its many values in our lives. The Center showcases the legacy of the historic Tillamook Burn and the public spirit behind the monumental reforestation effort that followed. The Tillamook State Forest is managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry to produce a balanced suite of benefits including timber revenue for counties, recreational opportunities, and wildlife habitat.
Through innovative programs and hands-on exhibits, visitors can gain a greater understanding about what a forest is and how it works, and how people have shaped and, in turn, been shaped by the Tillamook State Forest. Outside, there are trails, a suspension bridge across the Wilson River, and a 40-foot-tall fire lookout tower that offers a unique view of the area and the surrounding forest canopy.
Admission to the Tillamook Forest Center is free, as are most of the Center’s programs and events. Donations to the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, which go to support Center operations, are welcomed.
The Tillamook Forest Center is located near milepost 22 on Highway 6 between Forest Grove and Tillamook. It is currently open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Center will close for the winter Monday, November 28, 2011 through February 29, 2012; re-opening for spring on March 1, 2012.
More information about the Tillamook Forest Center, including programs and special events, is available by visiting www.tillamookforestcenter.org, or by calling the Center, toll-free, at: 866-930-4646.  The Center is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tillamookforestcenteroregon.