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July 27 Oregon Wildlife tour will highlight importance of dry forest habitat to ecosystem and wildlife

July 17, 2013

Westfir, Ore. — Join Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Brian Wolfer at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 27 for a forest tour on the Willamette National Forest to learn about Oregon’s dry forest habitat and the species that depend on it.

The tour originates at the Middle Fork Ranger District Office in Westfir, near Oakridge.  It is an all-day event that includes a visit to the Jim’s Creek Project, which restored 400 acres of ponderosa pine, and an ODFW restoration project focused on returning a forest to historic conditions.

According to Wolfer, dry forest habitats are critically important to cavity-nesting birds, including Lewis's woodpeckers, white-headed woodpeckers and flammulated owls.

The Foundation charges a fee of $6.75 per person to help offset the costs of offering field-based experiences. Registration is required. Register online at Oregon Wildlife’s website,

Participants should expect to encounter a variety of field conditions and be able to provide their own transportation to and around the tour sites.

For more information about the program, please contact Tim Greseth, or at Oregon Wildlife, (503) 255-6059.

“Part of what makes Oregon so special is its fish, wildlife and natural places. To be good stewards of those, in the interest of future generations, we need to understand the challenges we face to manage our natural resources for use as well as conservation,” said Tim Greseth, Oregon Wildlife’s Executive Director. “Firsthand Oregon is a great way to learn about our fish and wildlife and the accompanying management challenges through real experience in the field with an ODFW biologist.”

Oregon Wildlife empowers the lasting conservation of fish and wildlife and the enjoyment of our natural resources. Since its founding, Oregon Wildlife has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish, wildlife and habitat projects throughout the state. Oregon Wildlife and ODFW are working together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats. Learn more on ODFW’s website,



Tim Greseth
Oregon Wildlife
(503) 255-6059

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