This year's CEDC Forestry Industry Tour will cover some of the same ground the Corps of Discovery did 200 years ago.
Fort Clatsop, Rilea Armed Forces Training Center and the Fort to Sea Trail will be featured during the 15th annual event Sept. 13.
Open to the public and free of charge, the tour is put on by the Clatsop County Economic Development Council's Forest & Wood Products Committee. The tour will begin at 7:45 a.m. at Camp Rilea and end with lunch around noon. Lunch and transportation will be provided. Participants should wear appropriate clothing for field-site visits and the weather.
Because space is limited, reservations are required by noon Thursday with the Clatsop County Community Development Department at 325-8611. When making reservations, specify any special dietary requirements or mobility limitations so arrangements can be made.
This year's event explores different aspects of forest management for private industry, parks and the military, said committee president Steve Butsko. The tour will look at how local logging companies adapt to different management criteria required by different agencies.
The itinerary will include:
A visit to Fort Clatsop, part of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, to learn about how the park service is managing its forests. Superintendent Chip Jenkins and Scott Stonum, chief of resource management, will present "Natural Resource Management: From Lewis and Clark to Managed Industrial Forestland to National Memorial to Bi-State National Park."
An easy half-mile hike along a portion of the Fort to Sea Trail before returning to Camp Rilea for talks about forest management and fire management.
A presentation on forest management in Clatsop County by Ron Kinsley, Rilea facility manager; Glenn Ahrens, Oregon State University Extension Service forester; and Steve Butsko of Longview Fibre on forest management in Clatsop County.
A presentation on fire suppression and training by Tom Savage, Astoria district forester, and Steve Wilson, protection unit forester. Rilea hosts wildlands fire training for the National Guard, Oregon Department of Forestry, local logging companies and firefighters.
Rilea's Kinsley will be the featured speaker at the luncheon at the post. The National Guard is in the process of replacing pines planted 70 years ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps for dunes stabilization with native species.
Lunch will be provided compliments of Georgia-Pacific Corp. Wauna Mill, Hampton Affiliates, Longview Fibre Company, Teevin Bros. Land and Timber Company and Weyerhaeuser Company. The Oregon Department of Forestry and committee members will provide transportation from Rilea.
The Clatsop County Economic Development Council is a citizen advisory group to the Board of Clatsop County Commissioners pertaining to economic development.