Saturday, September 15, 2018

Mushrooms Don't Care About Fashion

The arrival of autumn finds the Tillamook State Forest filled with the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows of maples and alders donning their fall finery.  Autumn also brings out hundreds of visitors who engage in activities such as foraging for mushrooms or hunting for game that take them off of the beaten path into the brush.

If your recreation activities take you off of established roads, please consider the following safety tips:

Does someone know where you are?  If you head out to the woods, let someone know where you are going and when you plan on returning and don't deviate from your plans. That way, if there is an emergency that prevents you from returning home, you can be sure folks know where to start looking for you.

Safety orange is not just for game hunters.  High visibility clothing is your friend whether you are traveling on a designated trail, hunting for deer, fishing a remote stream or foraging for mushrooms.  It makes you visible not just to your fellow visitors but to search teams as well.

Can you survive the night?  Carry food and water with you whenever you are in the woods even if you only plan on being in the woods for a few hours or away from your vehicle for a short time.  Temperatures can vary wildly during the early days of autumn so taking an extra layer with you when you head into the woods can be a lifesaver.

How's your whistle?  Most foresters carry a whistle with them at all times when they are crashing through the brush.  The sound of a whistle will carry farther than the human voice and can be used alert people to your presence.

Shelter in place.  If you do get turned around when you are out in the woods the best thing you can do is to stay in one place.  It's easier to find someone when they remain stationary.

And finally, keep a good thought.  Your best friend in planning and enjoying a forest visit or in working through an emergency situation is a positive attitude.

See you in the woods!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Beaver Dam Rock Pit Volunteer Day

On Saturday, August 25th our partners at Trash No Land hosted a clean-up of the Beaver Dam Rock Pit.  33 volunteers spent the morning scouring the pit and pulled out over 20 yards of garbage and debris related to target shooting activity.


Dedicated Volunteer Community (left)
Trash No Land had 33 volunteers respond to their call for help from the target shooting community in cleaning up the Beaver Dam Rock Pit.

Filled to Overflowing (right) 
It only took a few hours for volunteers to fill the 20 yard dumpster  provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry for the clean-up efforts.

After (left)  The Beaver Dam Rock Pit hasn't been this clean in a long time.  The folks from Trash No Land hope this prompts target shooting enthusiasts to help keep the site clean by taking home targets, garbage and brass or shells.