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 […]

“Bear Pear” Progress

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On Oct. 9, a perfect indian summer day, Pacific Univ. students made impressive progress on the restoration project. The remainder of the invasive vegetation was cut back and much of the site was covered with black, plastic fabric. The aim is the kill the invasives by stealing their light. This will make way for the […]

Forests full of students- and other creatures

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The week of September 28 – October 3 saw much activity in the Timber Forest. For the full week, 23 10th grade students and teachers from the Seattle Waldorf School lived, explored, and worked in the forest. Studies ranged over all possible topics from ecology and economics to forestry and chain saw mechanics. They completed […]

Bear Pear Wetland Restoration- phase 2

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Yesterday, Sept. 18th, Pacific University students, their professor, Rich VanBuskirk, and Pam and Peter got to work on the second phase of the restoration of the “Bear Pear” wetlands in the Mt. Richmond Forest. The first phase, completed 10 mos. ago, involved an army of Pacific students and staff removing invasive reed canary grass and […]

Hyla Woods

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On April 25th an eager and lively group of young people from Vancouver spent the day exploring the Mt. Richmond Forest. With an overall goal of investigating where wood comes from and how it gets from a forest to the pavillion they are building, the students explored forest processes from tiny seedlings, to large trees, […]