From the Director
Finding myself in the forest
Many of you have experienced that feeling of awe that sweeps over a person visiting the Tillamook Forest Center--walking into the exhibit hall, climbing the lookout tower for a bird’s-eye view of the forest, or seeing the beautiful green waters of the Wilson River from the bridge or the River View trail. That feeling is still with me every day, 5 years after I first opened the doors into the adventure of working here.
Inside of these doors, I have had the privilege of working with and learning from dedicated and talented teams here at the TFC and the larger Oregon Department of Forestry, along with the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, and a great variety of partners and community members. Together, we have built upon the efforts of those whose vision and perseverance brought us to where we are today.
I have mixed feelings about retirement—I wil
l miss working with my ODF family. At the same time, I am excited about having more time to devote to my own family and a huge palate of other interests. I imagine that post-ODF life will be busy. As TFC volunteer Jim Reeher recently told me, “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.”
I am grateful to all of you who have enriched my life. Thank you for your part in helping me to find myself in the forest.