Last week, MB&G volunteered with the Douglas County School Forestry Tour. Started in 1961, the annual School Forestry Tour is the oldest natural resources education program in the county with the purpose of educating local fifth grade students about forestry and natural resources management. The event also works to informs students about the diversity of jobs in the industry. Instructors for the tour are recruited through federal, state, and local resource management agencies as well as tribes, non-profit organizations, OSU Extension, and private industrial timber companies.
Every year around 50 volunteers come together to make this event happen, and MB&G’s Hunter Black-Priest, a forester out of our Roseburg office, was on site this year to help. Over the course of 3 days, 800 students toured the forest and learned about forestry. There are two circuits: the “Yellow Loop” and the “Green Loop,” with seven stations on each loop. The stations include wildlife, fisheries/hydrology, forest management, tree identification, fire management, archeology, and forest products. Students rotate through the stations and learn about forest resource management topics from resource professionals.
In the afternoon, the students get to play a few games and do fun activities. This year they set chockers on small logs, cut tree cookies with a crosscut saw, learned about tree identification, and planted seedlings. At the tree planting station, volunteers gave an introduction about how and why seedlings are planted. Each student got to get their hands dirty with planting and had the volunteers available as “planting inspectors” to examine their work. Trees were donated from local nurseries, companies and agencies and each student as able to take home a seedling. We’re looking forward to volunteering again to promote natural resources in our community. Learn more about this event here.
MB&G has been working with the Oregon Department of Transportation on Peregrine Falcon monitoring on Portland bridges since 2001 when ODOT first began monitoring efforts. Last week our team went up to the nest area to band the newest nest occupants. There were four eyases (nestlings): three female and one male.READ MORE
We were honored last week to accept the Oregon Society of American Forester’s Heritage Award. The award has been presented since 2017 to private organizations who sustain excellent performance and support of SAF in three key areas: 1) stewardship in forestry resource management and communities, 2) support for SAF/OSAF activities, and 3) support for SAF/OSAF […]READ MORE
MB&G Senior Forester Brent Keller has been assembling the News For Family Forests Newsletter every month since 2017. The newsletter includes a market watch for housing, lumber and logs as well as industry news relevant to forestland owners. Read The latest News For Family Forests Here. Email email@example.com to subscribe.READ MORE