Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Tree planting with USFSTree planting. Photo credit: USFS

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area offers a unique educational experience because so many ecosystems, and so many stories, all come together in one place. Old growth temperate rainforests, wilderness watersheds, a marine reserve full of intertidal life, diverse plant communities, rare and threatened species, Native American history and archaeological sites, as well as a legacy of marine and terrestrial restoration and conservation efforts are all found right here.

Many Stories, Many Opportunities

Students at Cape PerpetuaStudents at Cape Perpetua. Photo credit: USFS

In the course of one memorable field trip, students can explore interactions between forest and ocean through hands on activities, learn about careers in natural resource fields, and hike a few of Cape Perpetua’s 28 miles of spectacular trails.

The Siuslaw National Forest recently expanded education programming through a variety of new initiatives, grants, and partnerships. This year, the program will reach 14,000+ youth contacts in over 160 education and outreach events throughout the Forest and also off-site

At Cape Perpetua, Forest Service “Every Kid in a Park” grant funds were used to hire a part-time Education Coordinator thanks to an agreement with our Discover Your Northwest partners. Working with teachers, program directors, and youth organizations, this position helped us connect with dozens of new schools, present programs in classrooms, and distribute federal access passes to thousands of 4th grade students. Materials were made available for service learning and citizen science projects, outdoor education camps, and for enhanced STEM curriculum for all grade levels that incorporated citizen science components. The Siuslaw’s “Valuing People and Places” Field Ranger program also provided Student Conservation Association interns who worked to enhance outdoor learning experiences for school groups and youth organizations throughout the summer.

At Cape Perpetua, working with many partners, including Discover Your Northwest, Siuslaw Stream Team, Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership, OMSI Outdoor School, Cape Perpetua Foundation, City of Yachats, and many others, helps to leverage opportunities and keep education efforts going year-round. Education programs continue to evolve to better meet Next Generation Science standards, with the goal to provide more resources to educators and streamlined methods for teachers to schedule successful field trips.

Contact: Brian Hoeh
2400 Highway 101 South
Yachats, OR 97498
(541) 515-4927

2017 National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. It will take place on Saturday, September 30th. NPLD brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore the country's public lands. Many NPLD projects are focused on habitat restoration such as tree plantings, trash or invasive plant removal, trail maintenance or gardening. Other public land sites hold educational or recreational programming like hikes, talks on public land issues, festivals or geocaching programs. Any program taking place on any public land in all of September to October 14th can register here.

Thank you in advance again for helping NEEF cultivate support for and recognition of the importance of preserving our nation's public lands! We hope you'll join us this year in making NPLD 2017 a great success.

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Results are in!

In spring and summer of 2017, Blue Ridge Parkway staff and citizen scientists inventoried land snails and millipedes along the Parkway. More than 60 sites were visited during this summer's survey. Data from the first 27 sites has been made available, while the taxonomists continue to process the remaining data. Ninety-six species have been identified thus far, including some new ones and species rare to the state. The Parkway’s total is now over 100 species. For every hour spent in the field, it can take four or more hours in the lab to process the collections, identify them, and enter them into a database, but when volunteers are so successful at collecting snail diversity, it can take much longer. The species-effort curve (number of new species for each new site visited) is leveling off, so the remaining 30+ sites may not produce many new species. However, because many habitat types were not included in the first 27 sites, the species-effort curve could be misleading. Regardless, we are well on our way to a better understanding of land snail diversity along the north-south transect that is the Blue Ridge Parkway.

More information: https://www.handsontheland.org/land-snails-millipedes

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