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Forest landowners invited to take on fish habitat restoration

Mon, 10/19/2015

As seen online at http://www.coastweekend.com/

Published: October 12, 2015 5:00PM
Attend fish passage, habitat workshop

SEASIDE — Two upcoming forest landowner workshops in Seaside and Salem will highlight best practices to restore and enhance fish habitat in forested streams.

The workshops will take place Oct. 27 in Seaside and Oct. 29 in Salem.

Each workshop will provide technical assistance, tools and resources to guide landowners with fish habitat and passage projects.

Both workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The deadline to register is Oct. 18.

Half the day will be spent in the classroom, and the remainder in the field visiting recent fish passage and habitat projects.

At the Seaside workshop, the afternoon will be spent on the Lewis and Clark Tree Farm, managed by Greenwood Resources. Attendees will visit a recent culvert replacement, an obliterated road and a habitat restoration project; come prepared with sturdy shoes and field clothes.

The aim is to encourage more forest landowners to take on fish habitat restoration or passage The workshops will help landowners get the information they need to start planning successful projects.

The North Coast Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, 415 First Ave. in Seaside. Registration is available through Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/oxwb2em

The Willamette Valley Fish Passage and Habitat Workshop will take place on Oct. 29 in Salem at the Chemeketa-Eola Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road N.W.

The Oregon Forest Resources Institute has organized the free one-day workshops in collaboration with various public and private partners. These include the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Associated Oregon Loggers, the Oregon Small Woodland Association, Hancock Forest Management, the Oregon Forest Industries Council, Oregon State University and Greenwood Resources.

The Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Forest Resources Institute in 1991 to advance public understanding of the state’s forest resources and to encourage environmentally sound forest management through training and other educational programs for forest landowners. OFRI is funded by a dedicated harvest tax on forest products producers.

For more information, contact Kathy Storm at 971-673-2953 or email storm@ofri.org

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