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Wed, Jun 14


Zig Zag Ranger Station

Exploring the Salmon River Forest (CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION)

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Exploring the Salmon River Forest  (CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION)
Exploring the Salmon River Forest  (CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION)

Time & Location

Jun 14, 2023, 9:00 AM

Zig Zag Ranger Station, 70220 US-26, Rhododendron, OR 97049, USA

About the event

Dr Keith Swenson, Adjunct Professor of Natural Sciences at Multnomah University, will lead this trip. The Salmon River Trail in the Mt. Hood National Forest is an ideal location in which to experence and enjoy Oregon's westside coniferous forest. Participants will observe old-growth forest as well as sites that have been clear-cut logged. They will learn to core trees and measure their height, net aquatic organisms in the Salmon River, observe insects and other forest critters, and identify the major forest plants. Discussion topics will include evidences for design in the forest ecosystem and biblical stewardship of forest resources. Participants must be in good physical condition, able to hike 3-4 miles on somewhat rough trails and cross a small stream by climbing over log jam. A forest day pass is required for each vehicle.

The group will meet promptly at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Zigzag Ranger Station, located at 70220 E. Highway 26 in Zigzag, OR. Return time will be about 4:00 p.m. Additional information will be sent to registrants prior to the trip.

(This trip is appropriate for children able to hike the required distance and is a good science activity for home-schoolers).

Trip leader: Keith Swenson (


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