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Know the forests by the trees

Expert from OSU to help people sharpen tree-identification skills

Published on October 12, 2017 7:45AM

OSU Extension Forestry and Natural Resources faculty member Valerie Elder in the woods near Astoria

Photo by Lynn Ketchum

OSU Extension Forestry and Natural Resources faculty member Valerie Elder in the woods near Astoria


ASTORIA — Are you curious about the forests of Clatsop County? Want to sharpen your skills at native tree identification? Would you like to turn hillsides from blurs of green into trees you know by name? You’re in luck!

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, Valerie Elder, from Oregon State University Extension Forestry and Natural Resources faculty, will guide you through an indoor forest discovery session at the first Nature Matters of the season.

The event is free, open to the public and will take place in the Fort George’s Lovell Building showroom. Doors open at 6 p.m. for attendees wanting to purchase dinner or beverages before the event.

Elder is an adjunct professor in dendrology at Tillamook Bay Community College.

The Oct. 12 presentation will focus on where common coastal trees are found, why they are well-suited to the Coastal Fog belt and how wildlife and people use them.

Nature Matters, a lively conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on the second Thursday of each month from October through May. The events are hosted by Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in partnership with the North Coast Watershed Association, the Lewis & Clark National Park Association and Fort George Brewery.

For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471 or check out nps.gov/lewi or Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on Facebook.



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