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Ponderosa 6th Graders Attend The Klamath County Forestry Tour

Brett Lemieux

The Klamath County forestry Tour is sponsored by the General Extension Service through the County Agent’s Office.

It took place at the Spencer Creek Camp in the Fremont-Winema National Forest on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Students participated from 8:30 am in the morning till 12:30 pm.

This program had an emphasis on teaching the 6th-grade students about the forest. The main focus was on prevention of mismanagement. Local production in the Klamath Basin is greatly influenced by outsiders.

Also included were some basic teachings about increasing their chances of survival and fire safety, something that cannot be taught enough given recent wildfires in Oregon.

8 stations were set up and the students did 15-minute rotations through fire control, timber products, recreation, wildlife, timber management, tree identification, reforestation, and soils and water.

One sixth-grade student exclaimed, “This was the best field trip because I got to shoot water out of the fire hose.”

Perhaps they have a future firefighter in the making.

The Forestry Tour has been in place since 1963 and local schools continue to be involved in the program to this day. 


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