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Spring 2016  |  Volume 10, Number 2
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Tillamook Forest Center
Inspiring people to connect with the Tillamook State Forest.
TFC Staff
Fran McReynolds
Interpretation & Education Coordinator
Denise Berkshire
Lead Interpreter/ Educator
Luke Wahl
Visitor Services Coordinator
Jen Warren
Visitor Services Assistants
Leyla Muck
Kristen Penner
Facilities Coordinator
Darryl Anderson
Pacific University Work Study
Jake Yoshimura
Executive Director, Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust
Ross Holloway

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TFC welcome video
Now posted to our brand new YouTube channel: a short film welcoming visitors to the TFC. This production was created by the incredibly talented students of the Pacific University Media Arts club (PUMA). We really appreciate their hard work and are proud to share it with you!
Special thanks go to Prescott Devinney and Dylan Welles who championed this project.
Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel or check back as we post new fun videos from the forest.
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The TFC is turning 10!
This year we are reflecting upon the beginnings of the Tillamook Forest Center (TFC) by celebrating and honoring those who have come together to make this dream a reality.
TFC is turning 10. Celebrate with us_
Many special events are in the works for our 10th anniversary year.
The unique and inspiring stories of the Tillamook State Forest and the TFC demonstrate the power of individuals coming together. Oregonians continue to work towards a common goal: managing and appreciating these valued forestlands.
Learn the art of coloring wildflowers on March 26. Registration required. See our website for details.
2016 offers new experiences at the TFC during our ten year anniversary festivities.
You will have many opportunities to celebrate the past, present and future of the center as we continue to grow with the forest.
Sow your seeds in our expanding community by taking part in our educational and interpretive programs. Spread your roots as you explore, discover, learn the powerful history and beauty of the Tillamook State Forest. Branch out and share your experience with others as you invite them to return with you for another adventure. As a special tribute to our ten years of growth and development, from seedling to forest, we invite you to visit us March through November. Fun events, special presenters, unique programs and new exhibits will rotate each month.

Be sure to reserve your space for the inaugural Root Ball on September 17. Our distinctive fundraising event on the bridge over the Wilson River will help us to continue our mission of connecting people with the Tillamook State Forest. More details will be posted on our website.
Don't miss the fun!
From the Director
Join us in May for an exhibit of Forest Homes: quilts, bird resorts & feeders. Just one of our many special events for this year.
Over the past 10 years, the TFC has grown and deepened its roots in the community. For our 10th anniversary, we celebrate the stories of the forest and the people who laid the foundation for the center's success.
Whether you visit to experience a changing monthly exhibit, walk the peaceful trails, take part in a special program, or watch progress as we work toward our new education pavilion, we hope to see you multiple times this year and in years to come. We look forward to introducing new ways to inspire you to find yourself in the forest.
Fran McReynolds
Many thanks!
Thanks to a generous donation from the Washington County Small Woodlands Association, we were able to purchase rain ponchos, additional forestry supplies and translate education materials into Spanish. This helps us continue to connect school children with Oregon's forests.
Welcome Emily!
Emily Curtis
Hi! My name is Emily Curtis. I'm a native Oregonian who has recently returned home after living in Germany for several years. I'm happy to be reunited with our forests; and volunteering at the TFC gives me a great opportunity to connect with other people interested in exploring this beautiful area. In addition to volunteering, I enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, cooking, and reading.
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2016 promising to be an exciting year in the life of the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust and the Tillamook Forest Center

10 great years!  2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Tillamook Forest Center. As we look forward to the re-opening of the Center for this year's season, the Trust is partnering with the Oregon Department of Forestry to sponsor a number of special events.


The Trust is engaged in two significant projects in 2016 that will strengthen existing partnerships and forge new ones for the future

Education pavilion concept photo
Architect concept for the proposed education pavilion.

Tillamook Forest Center Pavilion Project - The Trust is partnering with Center staff to raise needed funds for construction of this signature addition to our facility.The pavilion will greatly enhance our ability to host students during the wet season, and provide a welcoming space for visitors as well.


Salmonberry Trail Project - The Trust is serving as the non-profit partner in the newly formed Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency. This project is a unique opportunity to create a world-class trail experience connected to the extensive system of trails and recreation facilities present on the Tillamook State Forest, and to the interpretive and education programs of the Tillamook Forest Center.

To make a gift, or for more information, contact the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust at (503) 815-6800 or on the web: donate.
A great lineup of spring programs
April 10: Macro photography workshop with Russell Young, author and photographer.
Our tenth spring season is almost here! This year, our programs will center on monthly themes as we recognize the resources and the history that makes the Tillamook State Forest a truly special place. Create your own flower arrangement in a workshop led by Sunflower Flats, or attend a guided walk with the Native Plant Society of Oregon as we celebrate wildflowers throughout the month of March. In April, it's all about the beauty and importance of trees with opportunities to attend wood carving demonstrations, plant trees for Arbor Week, and a photography exhibit and workshop with Russell J. Young, author of In the Mist. Honoring all nurturing mothers in May,
both human and animal alike, you can witness a "bed turning" demonstration  and exhibit of artisan quilts from the Latimer Textile Center, see fanciful birdhouses and feeders, and celebrate birds during our International Migratory Bird Day event. You can find out more about all of our spring program offerings here.

Volunteers help with all aspects of the TFC
Calling all volunteers
We are currently recruiting site hosts and day volunteers for our 2016 visitor season and you might be just who we're looking for! Our volunteer schedules are flexible and we work with each volunteer to establish a work schedule that works for everyone. Volunteers assist in all areas of our operations, from facility maintenance to environmental education. There's surely something that suits your skills.
Site hosts are needed for May, June, August, September and October this year. Site host amenities include a spacious campsite with full hook-ups, telephone, internet, picnic table, laundry and shower facilities.
Interested in volunteering with us? Contact Jen Warren at or (503) 815-6808.

Dynamic Wilson River
December flooding left its mark at the Smith Homestead Meadow with the swift-flowing Wilson River pulling huge big leaf maple trees out of the bank and carrying them downstream.
Smith Homestead meadow stream bank before and after the December flood.

A look back...
During an Arbor Week event in April of 2004, students from Forest Park Elementary and Saint John Fisher School planted trees with ODF staff and some of the original tree planters who reforested the Tillamook Burn. Twelve years later, the hemlocks they planted are now thriving along the old powerline corridor and can be seen at the end of the Lookout Loop Trail.
Tree planting success_

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