Pacific Northwest People, Places, and Things

Malheur National Forest Hosts Career Day for Local Students

image of people picking up trashSpecial needs students from eastern Oregon spent March 15 on the Malheur National Forest attending a career fair put on by Forest Service employees. The 45 youth moved among various stations, learning about archeology, timber, fisheries, recreation, and many other disciplines.  They had the opportunity to learn about a wildland fire engine, try surveying equipment, see their forest in 3-D on a map with special glasses and touch all sorts of animal pelts. The day was a success and there were moments when it was not clear who had the most fun – staff or students.


Trash No Land

On March 19, Trash No Land volunteers joined Mt. Hood NF employees and the Clackamas County Dumpstoppers for a Clean-up Event.  Trash No Land is a new organization formed by target shooting enthusiasts who support responsible use of public lands. On this rainy cold morning tons of trash were removed from a popular target shooting area by 20 hardy volunteers.  Northwest also supported the event.  Volunteers have manned Target Shooting Information Booths in the forest, staffed tables at local sporting goods stores, and hosted several clean-ups greatly assisting the Forest to educate target shooters about responsible target shooting.

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Protecting Cavity Nesting Owls

Each year thousands of cavity-nesters that prefer dark, narrow spaces for nesting and roosting, become entrapped and die in ventilation pipes, dryer vents, irrigation pipe, and chimneys that mimic the natural cavities preferred by some species for nesting and roosting. This summer, the Umatilla National Forest’s Walla Walla Ranger District is partnering with the Blue Mountain Audubon Society Chapter and the Teton Raptor Center’s Port-O-Potty Owl Project to retrofit 28 vault toilet ventilation pipes with mesh screens to prevent cavity-nesting birds from dropping into large vertical ventilation pipes and landing in “basement” of a vault toilet where they can’t escape.