Get ready for some running! Our friends over at Mudslinger Events are putting on the Mary’s Peak 50K / 25K Trail Running Race this Saturday, June 20th on our Tum Tum Tree Farm. Racers, welcome to Starker Forests! The race will be on USFS lands and Starker Forests, starting at the Marys Peak Trailhead on Woods Creek and ending at the Blodgett Elementary School. The 50K heads up and over Marys Peak and back to Blodgett, while the 25K stays on the northern slopes of Marys Peak. It looks like the weather will be perfect for the summer solstice event!
A ban on all open and backyard burning will go into effect on June 12 in Linn, Benton and Marion counties. The restrictions will extend through Oct. 15 or later, depending on fire danger.
Oregon Department of Forestry West Oregon District will begin fire season on Tuesday, June 16th.
During his travels in the Pacific Northwest between 1825-33, Scottish naturalist David Douglas successfully collected the seeds of a wide variety of important timber species, including the one that soon assumed his own name. This slide presentation will investigate the landscapes where he saw those trees growing, as well as the Native American and fur trade uses he recorded that helped him assess each speciesâ€™ commercial prospects.
Spokane-based teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Columbia River drainage, including The Collector, a biography of David Douglas that was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the PNW Booksellers Association.
His collection of essays about Douglas, titled A Naturalist at Work, served as the catalog for a David Douglas exhibit that he and his wife Claire curated. A traveling version of this exhibit will be on display at the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro through summer 2015.
Nisbetâ€™s next project, Ancient Places, will be published in May. For details, visit Jackâ€™s website
Information about the 2015 Starker Lecture Series can be found here
Read about this training event here
Happy New Year 2015! Don’t forget to come to our office to renew your recreation permit. Many permits expire today. Our office closes at 12pm today and we are open 7 am to 12pm on Friday.