Klamath Basin News, Monday, 4/15 – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Rules Updates Spark Concerns Within Basin Community Irrigators; BLM Says Firewood Permits Now Available; Local Road Work Crews Have Busy Schedule; April 30th is Deadline To Register To Vote Or Change Party Affiliations

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Klamath Basin Weather

Today
Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Light west northwest wind becoming northwest 8 to 13 mph. Overnight, mostly clear, with a low around 32.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 60. North northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 66.
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 70.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Today’s Headlines

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services have proposed updates to the current Biological Integrity, Diversity and Environmental Health rule which governs refuge management.

Additional regulations defined in the new BIDEH rule would impact local agricultural practices in the Klamath Basin, sparking concerns among irrigators in the community.

Opening statements at an oversight hearing held by the Water, Wildlife and Fisheries Subcommittee Thursday morning came from Republican U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz for Oregon’s 2nd District.

Bentz described the proposed rule changes as “drastic and dramatic.”

Bentz stated “In order for these current management tools to be utilized, refuge management practices must undergo a full National Environmental Protection Agency review for approval.

Klamath Project irrigators would also be impacted by the proposed additions to the BIDEH rules.

Restrictions on land use by agriculture across the board would prohibit farming practices on refuge lands, effectively divorcing the longstanding relationship of Klamath Project irrigators and neighboring wildlife refuges.

Klamath Water Users Association Board of Directors President Marc Staunton was in Washington D.C. this week to address those concerns before the Congressional subcommittee.

Between the late 1990s and early 2000s, Staunton said his family’s farm and the Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge management team worked together to develop possible solutions to conservationists’ concerns.

The innovative team initiated what’s come to be known as “walking wetlands” on Staunton’s farmland.

Cyclically flooded crop fields formed vibrant wetlands for local wildlife habitat, resulting in more fertile, healthier soil.

The success of the walking wetlands concept led to the project’s expansion, Staunton said, onto hundreds of acres of private lands near Tulelake refuge complex.

Should the proposed changes to BIDEH rules be adopted, 22,000 acres used for farming in the Klamath Project will be phased out of agricultural use.

Staunton said the “vague nature” of language used in the BIDEH proposal invites further legal and judicial interpretations likely to result in extensive litigation.

 

The Bureau of Land Management’s Klamath Falls Field Office announced the availability of firewood permits for purchase starting today, Monday.  A news release said firewood cutting permits will be available for personal use only and cost $5 per cord with a two cord minimum.

“It’s the woodcutter’s responsibility to obtain, understand and follow the rules in effect at the time and place where they are cutting firewood,” BLM acting field manager Mike Limb said in the release.

Commercial firewood permits are required for individuals who want more than eight cords and who intend to cut wood for resale or commercial use.

To purchase a permit online, visit forestproducts.blm.gov and select Oregon Field Office, followed by “Fuelwood.” Users will need to complete and submit the online application in order to receive their permits.

An email will be provided which lists all maps, stipulations, load tags and documents needed to cut and remove BLM products from the land in a safe manner.

For more information, contact the Klamath Falls Field Office at (541) 883-6916.

 

Oregon DMV:Due to staffing, the Lakeview DMV office will be closed Monday, April 15.

 

The monthly Board meeting for EagleRidge High School will take place this coming Thursday on the 18th of April at 4:00 PM. 

The meeting will be held at EagleRidge High School, located at 677 South 7th Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601.  

The meeting will begin at 4:00 PM.

 

The 173rd Fighter Wing hosted a civic leader flight offering a group of local leaders an opportunity to view an aerial refueling mission over Eastern Oregon, April 7th.

The leaders boarded a KC-135 from the 141st Air Refueling Wing out of Spokane, Washington and were able to watch as visiting F-35 Lightning II aircraft from Luke Air Force Base refueled.

The members aboard had the unique opportunity of flying on a military aircraft, saw the pilot’s cockpit during flight, and witnessed up close the refueling fighter aircraft. 

Originally, the flight was scheduled to take place on Friday, April 5, but a maintenance issue forced the flight to cancel just before take-off.  Unfortunately, only five of the original 12 civic leaders were able to return on Sunday to complete the flight.

The 173rd Fighter Wing based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls is home to the sole F-15C training schoolhouse for the United States Air Force. 

 

If you are an outdoor enthusiast looking for some adventure this summer, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) might have just what you are looking for. The BLM Klamath Falls Field Office is looking for volunteer campground hosts for the Gerber Recreation Area.

The BLM is seeking volunteers to live on-site from mid-May through mid-October. The BLM will provide the selected hosts an RV camping spot, electrical, propane, and sewer. The camp host chosen will also receive a small stipend to help cover incidental expenses.

Gerber is set on a vast plateau in the high desert about one hour’s drive east of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Mountain ridges and scattered Ponderosa Pine forests add variety and texture to the area. Gerber offers opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, along with access to 100,000 acres of backcountry suitable for exploring, hunting, wildlife viewing, and scenic OHV driving. Developed campsites are available at Gerber North and South Campgrounds. The area also offers primitive campsites, a horse camp, and a day-use area as well as two boat ramps.

For additional information about this site and to apply, contact Steven Jensen at (541) 885-4129. A federal background check is required for all new BLM campground hosts.

 

Klamath County announced the following roadwork projects for the week of April 15:

  • Dust-off areas: Work will take place in Midland, Dodds Hollow, Mann Road, Webber Road and Yonna Woods areas.
  • Road and utility work: Work taking place in the vicinity of Stearns Elementary School along Laverne Avenue. Expect daily lane closures.
  • Drainage canal maintenance: Watch for trucks entering the roadway along Summers Lane near the intersections of Sturdivant Avenue and Ezell Avenue.
  • City watermain replacement work: The city of Klamath Falls will be conducting water main replacement work between the months of March through July along Eberlein Avenue, between Patterson Street and Hilton Drive.

Last week the Board of Klamath County Commissioners has reached a collective bargaining agreement with the Klamath County Peace Officers’ Association.

Setting forth matters such as rates of pay, hours of work, fringe benefits and other conditions of employment, the agreement pertains to all regular full-time and part-time employees of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office unless they are of confidential or supervisory status or covered by another collective bargaining unit recognized by the county.

The agreement is honored through June 30, 2026, and carries a fiscal impact for fiscal year 2023-24 of an additional 2% cost of living increase plus incentive pay for eligible employees. The fiscal impact for years 2024-25 and 2025-2026 will be a 4.5% increase in pay for cost of living plus incentives for eligible employees.

The County Commissioners board also approved a contract with Diversified Contractors Inc. for remedial work on the exterior of the Baldwin Hotel Museum, making improvements and repairs such as applying exterior stucco where a set of stairs had been removed, filling in and sealing off two unused openings in the foundation, realigning a storm-water drain pipe and installing a double-hung, wood-frame window to replace a second-floor door that is no longer in use with specifications that it closely resemble existing and original windows on the building.

“We’ve been talking about sprucing up the outside of the Baldwin (Hotel Museum) for a very long time, so I’m very excited to see some of those projects starting; the Baldwin is a gem we have in Klamath County,” Commissioner Kelley Minty said.

The cost of construction will be $24,150 and will be paid using ARPA funds.

The board also agreed to enter a contract with Pacific Power to provide and install electrical service for roadside weather condition cameras that Klamath County Public Works will be constructing on Westside Road.

• During the meeting, the county received an Oregon Department of Agriculture grant award of $90,575 for wolf depredation to assist Klamath County in implementing nonlethal wolf management techniques and strategies. The grant will also provide compensation for injury or death to livestock due to wolves.

 

Join Oregon Tech on Thursday, May 9, at 5 p.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony, unveiling of a donor recognition wall, and an opportunity to take a lap around the new track with Olympic Gold Medalist and world-record holder Ashton Eaton.

The event will celebrate the achievements of track and field and cross-country programs, and the accomplishments of the Bringing Home the Gold Campaign which provided funding to renovate the track, field, and stadium.

The Bringing Home the Gold Campaign launched in 2021 to renovate the track, field, and stadium. The project cost of just under $3.5 million was funded through charitable gifts and grants, Oregon Sports Lottery, State of Oregon bond for athletic purposes, and Athletic department funds.

 

Friends of the Children – Klamath Basin invites the community to its annual fundraising dinner auction, Friend Raiser, presented by Lithia Ford of Klamath Falls, Thursday, May 30th. Doors open at Mike’s fieldhouse at Steen Sports Park at 5 p.m.

“This year’s event theme is ‘You Belong!” because we help children feel the belonging and value they need to develop hope and skills for bright futures,” said Executive Director Amanda Squibb. “Our community health depends on our kids’ well-being, and I’m excited to see everyone come out to support professional mentoring in the Klamath Basin.”  

Friend Raiser begins with dinner and cocktail stations, a silent auction, wine and bourbon games, and raffle sales. A seated program and live auction follow at 7 p.m.  

To reserve seats, visit friendsklamath.org or https://fckb.ejoinme.org/FR2024. Silent and live auction items will be added May 23rd for preview. 

Friends – Klamath Basin was established in 2000 to impact generational change by empowering youth facing the greatest obstacles. It pairs youth with professional mentors for 12+ years, no matter what, and will serve 72 youth this year. 

Each week, BasinLife.com features a Pet of the Week ready for adoption from the Klamath Animal Shelter.

This week’s pet is a dog named ” Vador “.   Vador is an 8 month old male Pit Bull and Border Collie mix, is black and white, and weighs about 40 pounds.
Vador’s family said that he had more energy than they were prepared for. They said that Vador is house-trained and lived with children as young as 3 years old, there were no other dogs in the home but at the Shelter he has had a doggy room mate. He is an energetic, happy dog that could be a great addition to an active family.
If you are interested in adopting Vador the shelter is located at 4240 Washburn Way, Monday through Friday from 12:00 – 4:00, walk throughs are available, pet meet and greets are by appointment, you can reach the shelter at 541-884-PETS (541-884-7387)  View all adoptable pets anytime online awww.klamathanimalshelter.org

 

Around the State of Oregon

April 30th is the deadline for people registering to vote in Oregon for the first time or for those who wish to change party affiliation.

The upcoming May 21st election is a closed-party primary election for registered Democrats and Republicans.

That means that Democrats will be voting for Democrat and nonpartisan candidates and measures and Republicans will be voting for Republican and nonpartisan candidates and measures.

Non-affiliated and all other voters will be voting on nonpartisan candidates and measures.

You can register to vote at oregonvotes.gov.

 

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) and Fire District 3 responded to a fatal single vehicle crash in White City Friday afternoon.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Avenue A and Atlantic Ave today at approximately 1:49 p.m.

The driver was pronounced deceased on scene. Next of kin has been notified. Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the deceased. We will not be releasing the name of the deceased at this time.

JCSO deputies and Medical Examiner detectives are investigating the crash. Preliminary details indicate a Toyota Tacoma was traveling at high speed in the 4000 block of Avenue A when it struck a parked semi truck and power pole, and caught fire. This case is under further investigation and there is no more information available at this time.

 

Rep. Cliff Bentz brought his argument to remove protections for wolves to Pendleton.

The Republican from Ontario hosted an informal listening session April 4 at the Pendleton Convention Center to hear what local constituents had to say about wolves and the damage they cause to lives and the economy.

He quoted history, facts and figures about wolves to the audience.

He said the wolf population in Minnesota has grown like weeds in July, and “populations of deer in the Minnesota area have been dramatically reduced.”

Umatilla County Commissioner Dan Dorran also came ready to push for what he wanted, including federal compensation for ranchers who lose livestock to wolves.

Wolves are federally protected west of a line formed by Highways 395, 78 and 95 — roughly two-thirds of the state. East of that line, wolves in Oregon have not been federally protected since 2011. Ranchers east of the line have more flexibility in dealing with depredating wolves, including applying with the state for permits allowing them to kill wolves after repeated attacks on livestock. That option isn’t available for landowners west of the line.

 

A woman accused of a Medford arson has a court order today saying she is unfit to proceed in the judicial process.

31-year-old Candice Hastings is a Jackson County Jail inmate today, with a court order instructing the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to transport her to Oregon State Hospital (OSH) “for treatment to gain fitness to proceed.”

A Jackson County Grand Jury indicted Hastings last week for arson, aggravated animal abuse, animal abuse, criminal mischief and recklessly endangering another person as criminal charges from an arson investigation of an April 2, 2024, Medford house fire that destroyed a home and killed animals at 820 Narregan Avenue.

The indictment accuses Hastings of starting a fire that destroyed a house, endangered Michelle and Shane Brown, and killed two guinea pigs.

 

The families of a Seattle couple killed in a mass shooting that also injured an Oregon man during an electronic music festival last summer in Washington are filing a lawsuit.  

Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Cuadra of Eugene suffered a gunshot wound in the attack last June at the Beyond Wonderland EDM festival at the Gorge Amphitheater.  

Family members of the two women killed in the shooting, 29-year-old Brandy Escamilla and 26-year-old Josilyn Ruiz, are suing event organizer Live Nation and its security contractors.  They argue the companies had both the means and the responsibility to do more to prevent the shooting.  

Court documents show 26-year-old James Kelly of Joint Base Lewis-McChord told detectives he took psychedelic mushrooms and started to believe the world was ending before pulling out a gun and opening fire.

 

Oregon is distributing millions of dollars to local fire agencies to help out with this year’s wildfire season.  

The Oregon State Fire Marshal announced earlier this week it has awarded a total of six-million dollars in grants to nearly 200 local agencies.  The funding is intended to help the agencies pay for the additional staffing necessary to fight the growing number of wildfires in the state.

 

COVID-19 vaccination is not considered linked to death from cardiac causes among previously healthy young people, according to an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study, appearing in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), examined nearly 1,300 deaths among Oregon adolescents and young adults – ages 16 to 30 – occurring over 19 months during 2021 and 2022. It found that none of the fatalities that happened within 100 days of receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose was attributed to vaccination.

The findings answer a question that’s lingered since early 2021 as state and federal public health agencies rolled out new mRNA vaccines during the pandemic: Do rare cases of myocarditis associated with COVID-19 vaccination put people at increased risk for cardiac death?

Study co-authors Paul Cieslak, M.D., and Juventila Liko, M.D., M.P.H., of OHA’s Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section, say suggestions of an association between receipt of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose and sudden cardiac death among healthy adolescents and young adults are not supported by the Oregon data they reviewed.

Of 40 deaths that occurred among persons who had received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose, only three occurred within 100 days after vaccination. However, two of the deaths were attributed to chronic underlying conditions, and the cause was undetermined for one. No death certificate attributed death to vaccination.

Cieslak noted there were 30 deaths among persons this age that were caused by COVID-19. Among these 30 decedents, he said, the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS) database had records for 22 (73%), only three of whom had received any COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Britt Music & Arts Festival is excited to announce the next slate of 12 Britt Presents shows for the 2024 summer season.

With more announcements to come, this group of shows features a wide array of musical artists, including country legend Willie Nelson. Britt-newcomers will include Shaggy, Dirty Heads, Walker Hayes, Paul Cauthen, Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac “Rumors”, and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.

Britt favorites returning to the stage include reggae rock bands Iration & Pepper with special guests DENM and Artikal Sound System, American jam band Umphrey’s McGee, world famous Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Orchestra, pop icons Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw, jazz and funk fusion artist Trombone Shorty, and reggae band SOJA.

The community is also invited to the hill for a night of laughter with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Asking for Trouble. But it doesn’t end there; throughout the next month, Britt will continue to announce more shows for the 2024 Britt Presents season!

With this announcement, there will be a Member pre-sale before tickets go on sale to the general public at 10:00 AM on Friday, April 26.

 

As the May 21, 2024, elections draw near, campaigns and their friends should remember that ODOT will remove political signs posted on the state highway right of way.

Every election season, we receive complaints from the public and from candidates regarding the improper placement of political signs on the state highway rights of way, where only official traffic control devices are allowed. Improperly placed signs can distract drivers and block road safety messages.

Wrongly placed signs will be taken down and held at a nearby ODOT district maintenance office for 30 days. To reclaim signs, go here to find the nearest ODOT maintenance office.

 Signs are prohibited on trees, utility poles, fence posts and natural features within highway right-of-ways. They also are prohibited within view of a designated scenic area.

The width of the state highway right of way can vary considerably depending on the specific location. If you’re uncertain whether you’re placing a sign on private property or highway right of way, check with the local ODOT district maintenance office.

Local municipalities may also regulate the placement of political signs.

 

It could take several weeks before the Oregon Lottery can hand over cash to the winner of the historic, $1.326 billion Powerball jackpot, because of necessary — if opaque to the public — security measures, an agency spokesperson said Tuesday.

A person has come forward to claim the jackpot. The Oregon Lottery hasn’t yet publicly identified the winner.

The security process includes looking at the person’s physical ticket, checking their government-issued identification and reviewing the store’s security camera footage.

Anyone who plays the lottery should sign the back of their ticket. Otherwise, whoever holds the ticket essentially owns it.

An added complication before the winner is handed the cash is the fact that there’s just so much of it, and that it’s funded by multiple states’ lotteries, not just Oregon’s.

The $1.326 billion jackpot has a cash value of $621 million if the winner chooses to take a lump sum rather than an annuity paid over 30 years. The prize is subject to federal taxes and state taxes in Oregon.

 

To boost the number of firefighters across Oregon before wildfire season, the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) announced it has awarded $6 million in grants to 191 local fire agencies across the state. 

The 2024 Wildfire Season Staffing Grant program is in its third year. Local agencies in the Oregon structural fire service were eligible to apply for up to $35,000. The funding will allow agencies to bring on additional firefighters or increase on-duty hours during the 2024 fire season. A list of agencies awarded funding can be found here.

The 2023 Wildfire Season Staffing Grant program was integral to the success in protecting communities, adding more than 1,500 paid firefighters to the Oregon fire service. These added resources allowed agencies to attack fires and keep them small and away from communities and added capacity to respond to other calls, ultimately saving lives.

This 2024 Wildfire Season Staffing Grant program is part of a multi-pronged approach to combat wildfire in Oregon. Over the last three years, the OSFM has made strategic investments to modernize the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System and help communities become more wildfire adapted. 

This grant is part of the OSFM’s Response Ready Oregon initiative. The OSFM is looking for sustained funding for this program and is exploring all options to continue this highly successful grant in 2025 and beyond.

 

Spring into action: Give blood or platelets with the Red Cross 

Make an appointment now to help save lives during National Volunteer Month

During National Volunteer Month in April, the American Red Cross asks donors to help protect the blood supply by making and keeping blood or platelet donation appointments in the weeks ahead. Donors of all blood types – especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets – are needed now to keep the blood supply strong enough to support critical patient care this spring.

The Red Cross depends on thousands of volunteer blood donors to collect about 12,000 blood donations every single day. With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential in transfusion care. Blood drives and donation centers also depend on the generosity and valuable time of those who make it possible for the Red Cross to help people in need. 

Spring into action – book a time to give lifesaving blood or platelets now by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App. Those who come to give April 8-28, 2024, will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice, plus be automatically entered to win a $7,000 gift card. There will be two lucky winners. See RedCrossBlood.org/Spring for details.

Visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter your zip code to find additional blood donation opportunities near you.

Oregon River Trip Planning Made Easier

Oregon river information is now more accessible than ever on the National Rivers Project’s recreational river map. In collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, the River Management Society recently added or updated over 1,000 miles of Oregon rivers to the NRP website. This includes nearly 700 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, iconic whitewater reaches, and beginner-friendly sections.

“Whether you want to paddle through Oregon’s high deserts and canyons or explore the rainforests and coastal waterways, the National Rivers Project is a really convenient first stop in the planning process,” says David Ballenger, BLM Oregon/Washington Recreation Lead.

The NRP website offers intuitive search features for both beginners and experienced paddlers. Users can sort sections by difficulty and recreational amenities such as fishing, camping and boat ramps. Each listing provides river access and permit details, with links to more information.

“Recreating on Oregon rivers gives people a stronger sense of stewardship,” says Lauren Pidot, BLM Oregon/Washington National Conservation Lands Program Lead. “Visitors are interested in protecting these public resources. We’re excited to help people more easily find these opportunities.”

Some of the recently added sections are very accessible with developed launches, while others are more wild and remote. BLM rangers remind boaters to check local weather conditions, water levels and permit requirements before departing on a river trip.

“All of our river and access information is sourced and reviewed by managing agencies, so boaters can feel confident when they begin their trip planning on our website,” says James Major, NRP Coordinator. “We want to give special thanks to BLM Oregon for their invaluable assistance on this project.”

 

SOLVE invites volunteers to register for their annual Earth Day celebration: The Oregon Spring Cleanup!

SOLVE Oregon Spring Cleanup at Cannon Beach 2023

Through April 22, families, community members, neighborhood associations, and environmental enthusiasts are invited to engage in a signature event in SOLVE’s annual calendar: The Oregon Spring Cleanup, presented by Portland General ElectricRegistration for this environmentally conscious event series is now open.

Participants are invited to join SOLVE, event leaders, and partners from across the Pacific Northwest in a collective celebration of Earth Day. The SOLVE calendar showcases a variety of events throughout Oregon and SW Washington between April 13 and April 22, with the majority of events culminating on April 20. Diverse initiatives address specific environmental needs with opportunities ranging from beach cleanups to neighborhood and city litter pickups. Further activities include restoring natural habitats through native tree and shrub plantings, weed pulls, and mulching projects. Each project contributes to the enhancement of our shared surroundings.

With a variety of projects already online, the Oregon Spring Cleanup invites enthusiastic volunteers to contribute to a cleaner, greener, and brighter planet. Interested individuals can browse the map of projects to find events near them, learn about each opportunityand sign up for a meaningful contribution to the environment. Participating in the Oregon Spring Cleanup provides an excellent opportunity to bond with family members, coworkers, and neighbors, while collectively contributing to preserving some of Oregon’s most stunning locations.

As SOLVE anticipates another successful event, valued partner Portland General Electric, shares their commitment to the cause: ” PGE proudly supports SOLVE’s efforts to make our communities cleaner and greener. In 2023, our employees and their families volunteered with SOLVE for more than 220 hours. We’re excited to join community members again this Earth Day to help improve our beautiful state.” said Kristen Sheeran, Senior Director of Policy Planning and Sustainability, Portland General Electric.

For those inspired to host an event, SOLVE is still accepting new volunteer-led projects. The sooner projects are submitted, the faster SOLVE can care for the rest. Event leaders receive full support, including free supplies, access to project funding, disposal assistance, and help with volunteer recruitment.

For more information, please visit solveoregon.org/oregon-spring and be part of the collective effort to create a cleaner, greener planet.

Along with Portland General Electric, other event sponsors include Clean Water Services, AAA Oregon/Idaho, Fred Meyer, Metro, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, KOIN, The Standard, Swire Coca-Cola, Holman, Demarini-Wilson, Trimet, and PepsiCo.

 

EARTH DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

COOS BAY, Oregon— Celebrate Earth Day this year at a volunteer event dedicated to removing invasive English ivy at Yoakum Point 10 a.m. to noon April 22. 

Invasive species of ivy are prevalent throughout the pacific northwest and tend outcompete native plants. Assist park rangers in identifying and eradicating the weed from the park property. Afterward, Ranger Jake will present an interpretation program.

Participants should be prepared to travel on uneven ground at service site. Service will take place outdoors and volunteers should be comfortable wearing work gloves and using hand tools. Snacks will be provided.

  • Dress for the weather.
  • Closed-toed shoes are recommended.
  • Wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Remember to bring a water bottle, sack lunch and work gloves if you have them (some will be provided if not).

Yoakum Point is a roadside pull off for a trailhead that takes visitors to the beach. The address is 90064 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay. 

Register for the volunteer event at https://form.jotform.com/230546054450045

If you need to contact staff on the day of the event, please call Park Ranger Jake, 541-294-0644, Park Ranger Jess, 541-888-3732 or Park Specialist Janet at 541-888-3778.

 

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