For the Birds

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The annual three rounds of bird counts have gotten off to a good start. After three years of monitoring in the Manning Forest, we have shifted to the Timber Forest. On a cold, clear, and crisp May 13th morning, Steve Engel, Char Corkran, and Pam completed the first count. The numbers of birds were high […]

Community School Spring Monitoring

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Two classes of reliable citizen scientists from the Forest Grove Community School recently completed their Spring round of creek health monitoring. The trip had the added twist of exploring the questions of “how are the main creek and the Cabin Creek tributary the same and how are they different?”. Applying skills, knowledge, and habits developed […]

Beavers- Friends or Foe?

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How should we best live with the many beavers that call Lousignont Creek in the Timber Forest home? On the one hand their tree falling and dam building add to the health of the creek and forest, while on the otherhand their habit of wandering far beyond their riparian corridor to girdle trees that we […]

Taking the Temps

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On May 6th, Pam and her assistant completed one of the important tasks of the forests’ “annual round”. With the last of winter’s high water behind us, we placed the data loggers in forests’ creeks, ponds, and wetland. The cigar-like loggers will take hourly temperature readings until they are removed and the data are downloaded […]

A Trail Day

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It was tough to imagine a more pleasant day to be in the forest – frost in the morning, followed by warm sun in the afternoon, the feeling of spring coming on fast, and good company working on an important project. A great team from Catlin Gabel School did a terrific job of making an […]

Snow on the Amphibians

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As a reminder that the weather gods don’t seem to care when it is time for the scheduled monitoring, five brave souls completed the annual round of aquatic amphibian monitoring on a snowy April 3rd. Our visits to one site at Manning, three at Timber, and four at Mt. Richmond showed us that amphibian populations […]

Friends of Trees Scare Elk

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Our mighty and creative friends in level 2 at the Forest Grove Community School have come to the rescue once again. Though we have had problems for years with the winter elk herd chomping on the baby trees that we struggle to help live, this year has been the worst on record. Though we can’t […]

Wishes for Fishes

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On December 26th students and staff of the Forest Grove Community School stepped in once again to contribute creative energy and effort to making art play an important role in a seasonal forest celebration. A highlight of the annual “Cohoho Rendezvous” was this fish print installation hanging across Lousignont Creek. Prior to suspending the fish […]

Montesori Earth School- On a Wonderful Day

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Montesori Earth School – On a Wonderful Day Good work of cutting lower field broom and monitoring coho returns was done by 1/2 of Ric Fry’s class. With fall turning to winter, the land saturated and the creek flowing high, it was a fine day of work and exploration on a welcomely sunny day. At […]

Wisdom from Charlie Graham

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Charlie Graham, a skilled, creative, and energetic teacher from the Forest Grove Community School recently shared the thoughts below in the latest issue of Clearing magazine. We include it here because of the connection to the great work he and his students have done – and are doing – in the Timber Forest. I encourage […]