Forest Ecology along the Salmon River
Time & Location
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 study and enjoy Oregon's westside coniferous forest. This field trip will be in the form of a mini-course on forest ecology, based on material taught in the biology program at Multnomah University. We will observe old-growth forest as well as sites that have been clear-cut logged. Participants will learn how to core trees and measure their height, net aquatic organisms in the Salmon River 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 should be about 5:00 p.m.
A donation of $25 per family or $15 for an individual is suggested. This can be paid the day of the tour by cash or check (made payable to "John Hergenrather")