- Coast Range Forest Watch is a project of the League of Wilderness Defenders (LOWD)
~Sunday, April 19th~
SPRING MUSHROOM HIKE
Meet at Dean Creek Elk Reserve at 11 am, carpool into Elliott State Forest. (FREE)
~Saturday, May 2nd~
BENEFIT SHOW @ 7 DEVILS BREWERY
Featuring Alder Street (alderstreetband.com).
Show starts at 7 pm. (BY DONATION)
~Saturday, May 9th~
Visit public forest that is threatened by the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.
Meet at 11 am at Frona County Park, on Sitkum lane West of Dora. (FREE)
~Sunday, June 21st~
MAP AND COMPASS HIKE
Meet at the Dean Creek Elk Reserve at 10 am for a carpool into the Elliott State Forest. (FREE)
~Saturday, July 25th~
MARBLED MURRELET CITIZEN SURVEY DAY
Get up early and join our trained wildlife surveyors as we watch for this elusive bird in the Palouse Creek watershed.
Carpool meet up at 4:30 am at Bay Bridge Inn North of the McCullough Bridge. Email us for info about our Friday night camp-out. (FREE)
Join us in exploring fungal life in the Salander Creek area as it meanders into Loon Lake. The Salander Creek drainage was recently protected as habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet, except for 32 acres that were logged in 2014. The hike will be along a grassy road, and as much as two miles round trip. But after all, the Elliott is public land, so explore to your heart’s content.
Because springtime can be hit or miss for some of our favorite gourmet mushroom varieties, this hike will be geared towards learning the things mushrooms do all year round in the soil to benefit the habitat in which they live. Did you know that some plants rely on the network of fungus in the shallow topsoil to share nutrients with the plants around them? Find out more at this hike.
Come as a novice or seasoned botanist! Join us for a weekend picnic where we will be learning and identifying some of the plants around our area; plants both common and unique. The hike is along a decommissioned road so the going will not be tough. The old road runs along the side of a very productive Coho salmon stream, and highlights Coast Range forest and wetland ecosystems. We hope to see you there.
Monday, November 17, 7-9pm
Cozmic Pizza 199 W. 8th Ave, Eugene
Moderated by Camilla Mortensen, Eugene Weekly
Join Cascadia Wildlands, Coast Range Forest Watch, community members and a diverse selection of panelists for a presentation about the Elliott State Forest. The future of the Elliott is at a crossroads, and Oregon’s State Land Board will soon decide its fate–privatize it to be clearcut or preserve it for future generations.
A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
This is a FREE event. The facility is wheelchair accessible.
The State Land Board came to Coos Bay on October 8th to hear public testimony about the Elliott. One message is very clear: keep public lands public!