First Fish

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They’re back!   Addendum – Yesterday (Dec. 6), a week after spotting the first returning coho, we discovered that the fish apparently bring important escorts with them.  While walking the creek bank, I was surprised and pleased to scare up a large, mature Bald Eagle from a creekside sand bar.  With much effort, the big bird […]

This Dark, Soggy, Rotting, and Wonderful Time of Year

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There are may pleasures that come with working day in, day out in a wild forest.  High on the list is our visceral engagement with the forests’ many faces and ever changing seasons.  We enjoy keeping track of the interesting questions that people ask about the life in the forests.  One common question is: “what is […]

Who’s Telling? Where Does Truth Lie?

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We, as Oregonians, have good reason to stay well informed about the condition of the forests – public and private – in this remarkably forested state. But how do we best do that?  Do we base our understandings on the widely shared communications provided via TV, radio, e-mail, and Pandora, by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, […]

Looking Drought in the Eye

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Until this fall I’ve escaped living with the first hand consequences of drought.  Sure, I have had my share of hot, dry adventures where we hunted for a drink of water as dust swirled around, but never before have I watched the seasonal patterns of water on the land and said to myself “this is not […]

It’s Time – What Time?

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“How do they know?”   – Visitors come to the forest to enjoy watching and celebrating the return of spawning salmon to Lousignont Creek.  While taking it all in, common questions asked include: “How do the Coho know when it is time to leave the ocean and return upriver to spawn?” and “how do humans along the rivers know when to […]