Fall 2019 | Volume 13, Number 4
News from the Trust
Special Recognition Event - "Routebeer" on September 21
The Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust (TFHT) invites friends, supporters, and visitors to the TFC for a “Routebeer” event on Saturday, September 21 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join us in celebrating, recognizing, and thanking our community of supporters. Hear updates on TFHT programs including the TFC, State Forest Recreation, and the Salmonberry Trail, as well as the new scenic byway designation for Highway 6. Enjoy local food and beverages by Out Aza Blue including "routebeer" floats with Tillamook ice cream. Purchase a craft beer from Pelican Brewing and participate in fun and engaging activities. Please RSVP to shawn.r.morford@oregon.gov no later than September 11.

Shawn Morford, Executive Director
Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust
Gifts to the Trust support center programs
Education Pavilion: Help expand forest education opportunities…
Support center programs and help furnish the new Forest Education Pavilion by making a year-end gift. Beginning in 2016, the Trust partnered with center staff to design and construct an outdoor education pavilion adjacent to the main building. This exciting addition to the center site provides additional covered space to host our education programs, while also providing an area for visitors to enjoy one of our interpretive programs. Your gifts will create expanded education opportunities for students and visitors to the center. 

Donor trees: A great gift idea…
The Trust invites you to show your support for the Tillamook Forest Center by “planting your tree” in a unique forest landscape sculpture located in the center’s entry plaza. In recognition of your $75 gift, your name or the name of the person you honor or memorialize will be engraved on a tree medallion which will be set against the forest backdrop created by the sculpture. The donor tree order form is available on our website.

Trailside benches available for sponsorship…
Made from Douglas-fir trees grown in the Tillamook State Forest, these benches provide visitors a moment to pause, rest, and reflect with views of the Wilson River or the surrounding forest. An attractive bronze plaque is inset in the backrest of each bench and can be used to honor or memorialize individuals or organizations. A limited number of rustic benches are available for a sponsorship gift at the $2,500 level. Just four bench locations remain! The donor bench form is available on our website.

Consider a planned gift.... 
A charitable gift may play a part in your overall estate plan. The Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust’s experienced team is pleased to work with donors on life income gift plans, such as charitable remainder trusts or estate gifts and bequests. Our team can also assist with charitable gifts of specialty assets. Contact us for more information.

Cultural Trust partner means tax credit…
Keep in mind that the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust is a qualified partner in the Oregon Cultural Trust, an innovative and widely supported program for strengthening and preserving Oregon’s arts, heritage and culture. Gifts to the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, made in concert with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust, qualify you for a tax deduction for both gifts and a tax credit, all while supporting important work related to our state’s culture and arts.

To make a gift, or for more information, contact the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust at (503) 815-6800 or on the web.
Volunteers – An essential piece of the puzzle
TFC volunteers are similar to puzzle pieces. They are unique in their own way, and they add to the overall picture of connecting to the Tillamook State Forest. Together with staff, we make a beautiful picture, providing visitors with information and resources to learn about and enjoy this unique peculiar forest. As the busy summer season comes to an end, we will be celebrating our volunteers and their contributions with a trip to Grand Ronde’s Chachalu Tribal Musem & Cultural Center complete with a special behind-the-scenes guided tour! We cannot thank our volunteers enough for their generous support, wisdom, experiences, laughter and adding their piece of the puzzle to our magnificent team.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 season. Are you the missing piece to our puzzle? To learn more, please visit http://www.tillamookforestcenter.com/about_05.html or call the Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Berkshire, at (503) 815-6803.
The sky may be drizzling, but our events will be dazzling
Autumn activities abound at the Tillamook Forest Center. From stewardship opportunities to fascinating guest speakers and festive celebrations, there’s something for everyone this season. In addition to annual favorites like Mysterious Mushrooms and Holiday Wreath Making , we’ll also be offering some one-time-only events and exhibits you won’t want to miss.

Throughout the season, you can witness the evolution of Highway 6 from the original Wilson Wagon Road to today’s modern path in our fall art exhibit, Roots of Route 6 . The next installments of Fresh Brewed Forestry, our monthly guest presenter series, are also just around the corner. In September, join forest pathologist Sarah Navarro to explore how disease has the power to radically alter the look and feel of our forests in Tree Diseases: Drivers of Change in Oregon’s Forests . If you’re a bird nerd, fly out here in October for Birds of Coast Range Forests: From the Common to the Unseen  , with wildlife biologist Jennifer Weikel.

Want to get the whole family involved? On September 21, it’s all hands on deck for the SOLVE Wilson River Cleanup. After lending a helping hand, head over to the Tillamook Forest Center for The Routebeer Gathering , an informal celebration of friends and supporters complete with "routebeer" floats, craft beer, food, and activities. Speaking of family fun, don’t forget to put on your galoshes in mid-November for Rain Festour 2 nd annual precipitation celebration—complete with water-related crafts, activities, and a salmon release!

For details on these and other events, please visit http://www.tillamookforestcenter.com/events_05.html . Registration is required and space is limited for some programs. We hope to see you soon! 
New faces keeping the center clean and friendly
Visitors to the center this summer may have met two friendly new faces: our new Visitor Services Assistant, Bailey Monteblanco, who will stay on into the winter and Alex Shippey, who joined us for two months as a Maintenance Specialist before returning to school this fall.
Bailey Monteblanco
When she’s not helping visitors at the information desk, Bailey spends her time at home trying to teach her 18 month old son how to say ‘mama.’ In the small amount of alone time she has (mostly sitting in the car waiting for the van to come take her to work), she enjoys reading and writing.
Alex Shippey
A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Alex has always enjoyed exploring forests and the coast. His interests in art, photography, and plant and animal conservation has led him to pursue a BS in Marine Biology from Oregon State University, where he will begin his sophomore year this fall. Alex’s favorite thing about working at the TFC is being able to spend time working outside and taking in the natural beauty of the area.