Submitted by Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Are you curious about the forests of Clatsop County? Want to sharpen your skills at native tree identification? Would you like to turn hillsides from blurs of green to trees you know by name?
You’re in luck Thursday, Oct. 12. That’s when Valerie Elder, Oregon State University Extension Forestry and Natural Resources faculty, will guide you through an indoor forest discovery session at the first Nature Matters of the season. The 7:00 p.m. presentation takes place at the Fort George. The event is free, open to the public, and will take place in the Fort George’s Lovell Building showroom. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for those wanting to purchase dinner or beverages at the George before the event.
In her extension role, Elder works primarily with small woodland owners, helping them meet their diverse management objectives like increasing wildlife habitat or productivity of their land. She is also an adjunct professor in Dendrology at Tillamook Bay Community College. Her Thursday presentation will focus on where common coastal trees are found, why they are well suited to the Coastal Fog belt and how wildlife and people use them.
Nature Matters, a lively conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on the second Thursday of each month from October through May. Nature Matters is hosted by Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in partnership with the North Coast Watershed Association, the Lewis & Clark National Park Association, and the Fort George.
For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471 or check out www.nps.gov/lewi or Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on Facebook.