TILLAMOOK COUNTY - The Oregon Department of Forestry invites visitors to experience the Tillamook State Forest this summer by taking part in regularly scheduled interpretive programs that are open to the public.

Experienced forest interpreters offer guided walks, talks and tours on this 364,000-acre forest located an hour west of Portland in the northern Coast Range. The programs are free and are conducted at easily reachable locations off Highway 6 in the Tillamook State Forest. Average program length is one hour.

On Saturday, June 19, join naturalists to learn how to identify many of the forest butterflies. Find out more about the habits of these beautiful insects and where to find them in the nearby woods and meadows. "Beautiful Butterflies" meets at the Smith Homestead Day-use Area at 2 p.m.

At 7 p.m., learn the secrets of "Dutch Oven Cooking" in the Browns Camp Day-use Area. Pioneer settlers in the Wilson River Valley prepared their hot meals using Dutch ovens. Today, many outdoor enthusiasts still make it an exciting part of their camping experience. Naturalist guides will demonstrate how to buy, care for and cook with a Dutch oven as well as prepare and share a culinary concoction.

For information, call Denise Diermeier, Oregon Department of Forestry, at (503) 359-7485, e-mail ddiemeier@odf.state.or.us or visit www.odf.state.or.us/areas/northwest/tillamook/tsf/inter.asp

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