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This is the first year the field day has come to Bill Lecture Demonstration Forest near Astoria.

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 26, 2017 9:17AM

Dane Osis, a ranger with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, discusses some of the edible fungi found in forests.

Oregon Forestry Department

Dane Osis, a ranger with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, discusses some of the edible fungi found in forests.


Nearly 250 sixth-graders took a hike in the Bill Lecture Demonstration Forest near the Clatsop County Fairgrounds last week to learn about forestry and natural resources.

The field day, held annually for more than 50 years, included 11 educational stations covering topics, such as the social, economic and environmental benefits of forests; how human activity affects them; water quality and watersheds; wildlife; recreation; forest fungi; fires and the forestry industry.

This year’s event, in the Bill Lecture Demonstration Forest for the first time, was organized by Charley Moyer with the state Department of Forestry and Valerie Elder, a locally based Oregon State University Extension Service agent in forestry and natural resources.

“Clatsop County is 94 percent forestland — it is valuable for student to experience the place we live, the forest, and meet the people who call the woods their office,” Elder said in a release.



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