Spring 2021 | Volume 15, Number 2
From the Director
Preparing for your visit
In a normal year, the Tillamook Forest Center would be opening its doors for the season on the first Wednesday in March, but our current conditions are anything but normal. We are committed to public safety and are responding to changing restrictions. The visitor center’s engaging, hands-on exhibits and in-person interpretive programs will likely remain restricted for the near-term, but we are working to provide opportunities for visitors to get outside and enjoy the forest. We appreciate your patience as we do our due diligence to follow all state and county guidance, develop safety protocols for our staff and volunteers, and prepare for our new operating conditions.
The center staff have missed our visitors and volunteers and look forward to seeing their masked faces when it is safe to do so. Please visit our Facebook page or website for current information and updates. We hope you find yourself in the forest, safely.
A new set of helping hands
It’s a big job keeping the Tillamook Forest Center squeaky-clean and in excellent working order. In fact, it takes a team and a wealth of knowledge to tackle the job. Good thing the Facilities team gained a new member who is ready for any challenge! Please join us in welcoming Jeremy Wright as the new Facility Maintenance Specialist.

Jeremy comes to Oregon Department of Forestry from Cape Lookout State Park where he was formerly the Park Ranger Supervisor. Along with his previous work at state parks, he has extensive professional experience repairing and maintaining power tools. When he isn’t working around the center, Jeremy resides in Netarts with his wife and pets. Together they enjoy renovating houses on the side, practicing carpentry, plumbing, landscaping, and more. We look forward to having Jeremy on the team to help keep the Tillamook Forest Center operating smoothly.
Shop now and save!
While the Tillamook Forest Center remains closed, you can still browse our gift shop online. We offer a wide-ranging selection of forest-related gifts including lots of tasty treats waiting to fill your pantry! All food items are currently 50% off plus FREE shipping when you spend $50 site wide. Shop now and take advantage of our spring sale happening through April 30. Check us out online at www.tillamookforestcenter.org/shop.html.
Navigating a new reality
Like so many things in our lives, the pandemic has deeply impacted the Tillamook Forest Center volunteer program. As we look forward and plan for reopening to visitors we, too, are planning for a return of volunteers to support the center. Our plans are focused on providing for volunteer, staff, and public safety first and foremost while also providing some level of public service. We are committed to remaining flexible to respond to changing restrictions and safety conditions throughout the coming visitor season. While so much remains unknown, one thing we know for sure: volunteers will be even more important than ever for center operations. We are currently accepting volunteer applications for volunteers. Join our team! Fill out our volunteer application and put your skills to use supporting the center.
News from the Trust
We are grateful for more than 120 financial gifts to support the Tillamook Forest Center and recreation on state forests in 2020. All of your support is ever more valuable and appreciated given the huge increase in pandemic-related recreation use and the wildfires.
Soon we will launch a new fund to support restoration on the fire-ravaged Santiam State Forest. The State Forests Wildfire Restoration Fund/Santiam Campaign will aim to raise funds to support vital public education and interpretation related to wildfire and restoration as well as repair recreation sites and tree planting. Watch our website: www.tillamooktrust.org for details.