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tt Te, r - FebruQry l, 20] 2 VouR COMMUNITV PQge ] 5 1 Glick From page 1 serve and create forest-related jobs in local communities, a task that reflects goals she said have been set down by USFS Chief Forester Tom Tidwell. "He wants us to help social- ly disadvantaged people, have higher standards of customer service and improve workforce diversity," she said, noting that the retirement of many veterans and the newcomers taking their places offers an opportunity to ac- complish the latter. "He wants us to be a premier organization, so we are open, re- sponsible, collaborative, trans- parent and highly effective in pursuing our mission of-serving the public and caring for the land. That leads to a very motivated workforce that's engaged and em- powered to succeed." So what does that mean on the ground in the Willamette Na- tional Forest, particularly Sweet Home? Glick said her boss-, Forest Supervisor Meg Mitchell, be- lieves it means caring for the land but valuing the contributions and services of local communities by providing jobs and opportunities for them to engage with the forest -particularly the young people. She said it also means listening to local residents and to Forest Ser- vice employees' opinions - "lis- ten and implement everybody's ideas as much as possible. "To tell you the truth, I've never seen such wonderful goals," Glick said, chuckling delightedly. "I describe it as Nirvana-land. That might be a little out here for people in Sweet Home, but it's a dream job. It's a different forest over here, different people, dif- ferent goals. After 20 years in one place, I wanted to work on some other issues." She said she's particularly convinced that the Forest Service needs to listen to people - par- ticularly those who think outside the box. "I've learned a lot in Sisters and in central Oregon about work- ing with the public," she said. She noted that a Jan. 30 field trip to the Toll Joe and the Cool Soda areas, which include a mix- ture of habitat that the Forest Ser- vice is trying to decide what to do with, is a good example of that effort. "We want to get public in- put," Glick said. "We want to hear from people with learning and innovation from years of ex- perience working with this forest, with different expertise in wild- life and hydrology and things like that, and figure out how best to deal with this. I can't guarantee it won't get appealed, but we'll get their ideas on the table." A primary goal is to figure out how to get people into the na- tional forest to enjoy it and how it can be managed to help local communities, including Sweet Home. "Sweet Home is the most underutilized district in the Wil- lamette National Forest," she said. "That's peculiar to me be- cause it's at the lowest elevation, it has hundreds of miles of trails and many campgrounds." She's engaged the services of a consultant, Emily Jane Davis of the University of Oregon, who specializes in working with rural communities, which have suf- fered downturns in the timber in- dustry on public lands, to develop recreation and tourism. Davis, who last year earned her Ph.D. in human geography from the University of British Co- lumbia, works in the Ecosystem Workforce Program, which was founded in 1994 to support the development of a high-skill, high- wage ecosystem management in- dustry in the Pacific Northwest. Davis, along with Forest Ser- vice staffers and representatives from other government forest and parks agencies and Linn County Parks Director Brian Carroll, and Sweet Home Economic Develop- ment Director Brian Hoffmann, have been meeting to discuss how to develop tourism opportunities in the forest and what it will take to get private timberland owners to buy into ways to improve for- est uses. "We're working with Cas- cade Timber Consulting to try to figure out how we-can work to- gether to provide public good," Glick said. She sees a need for coopera- tion between CTC and other land- owners, whose lands intersect the national forest in a checkerboard fashion, in fire prevention, land stewardship and recreational uses. "We want to help private tim- ber companies get some revenue, money streams, for doing things on their lands that would help the public - improve water quantity and quality, fish habitat, recre- ational opportunities for the pub- lic and things that we can do to foster elk habitat for hunting." She said the term used for that public-private cooperative model is the "all-lands approach" and the Forest Service is already working with CTC on one project in the Soda Fork and Sheep Creek area. "We're trying to figure out what the opportunities might be," she safd. "It's learning and in- novation. We're just working to- gether with our neighbors. It's a big journey we're embarking on, but we're going to try it." Another of Glick's interests is to find more ways for commu- nity members to make a living in the forest. She said she's inter- ested in finding ways to use more hemlock and white fir, as well as smaller trees, for such products as animal bedding (shavings), fire- wood, or material for plants such as the pellet plant in Brownsville. "Maybe they'd want to con- sider whitewood," she said. She also is interested in whether the local forest could produce fuel for biorefineries such as the one con- structed by ZeaChem in Board- man. "There's lots of other places where they've done it," Glick said. "I just want to look locally to see if there are niches suitable for some of those waste products that are not being utilized." Also on her mind are "spe- cial" forest products such as mushrooms, boughs, salal and bear grass, which are renewable resources. Such are already har- vested in the Sweet Home Dis- trict, but Glick said her staff has bigger ideas. "We're thinking that we could manage that program in a more effective way to provide more opportunities for people to create jobs, but also administer that use," she said, noting that her staff is talking with CTC to see how that company manages the thousands of acres in the area owned by the Hill family. She said stewardship con- tracts or agreements are one of the "new tools in our tool kit" that may make it possible for such economic development. "A shed that buys floral prod- ucts or mushrooms, if we could guarantee some sort of supply, maybe there would be more sta- bility so we could offer family- wage jobs to people," Glick said. "I don't know, but we're seeing if that's a possibility. Why can't we develop that entrepreneurial abil- ity? We can manage timber sales. Cindy Glick Why can't we manage this type of thing?" She's also investigating whether local forest landowners could reap biodiversity or carbon sequestration credits for the trees they grow. "There's tons of others - rec- reation, tourism, planting trees in riparian areas - we can build the local economy on taking care of the forest, private contractors who specialize in taking care of the land." It's going to take time, but Glick says she has it. "I plan to be here a while," she said. "I hope to see those goals through." 1 Staats From page 14 notebook and a little enthusiasm. I started my life list and an Or- egon list about 15 years ago. Kids will enjoy identifying birds and learning about how they fit into the world around us. Perhaps parents can even make a game out of it. For every bird they correctly identify, they get rewarded. How to identify birds I don't profess to be an expert birder. I often have to resort to my trusty bird book to help with iden- tification unless I'm out with more experienced birders. However, there are some easy ways to help familiarize yourself with the great variety of birds. Many birds Can be recognized simply by their shapes, even in sil- houette - the kingfisher, for exam- ple. A good starting place is to learn to identify general groups of birds such as hawks, sparrows, warblers, flycatchers, owls and wrens. After honing these skills, try to recognize field marks - colored or patterned areas on the bird's body, head, and wings. Pay particular attention to the field marks of the head and wings. On the head, look for eyebrow stripes (above the eye), eyelines (through the eye), crown stripe (in the midline of head), eye ring (ring of white or other color around the eye), throat patch, color of upper and lower beak and the presence or absence of a crest. Field marks on the wing usually include wingbars and wing patches. Flight pattern is another char- acteristic to look for in identifying birds. Most birds fly in a straight line, flapping in a constant rhythm, but other groups of birds have dif- fering flight patterns. Finches, for example fly in a steep, roller-coaster flight, whereas woodpeckers gen- erally fly in a pattern of moderate rises and falls. The accipiters such as Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks and Northern goshawks make several wing flaps followed by a glide. Buteos such as the Red- tailed Hawk are commonly seen soaring. Most species of birds are often found within certain types of habitat so it can be helpful to learn which birds are found in each habi- tat. The exciting thing for me now is wondering what bird will be #345 on my life list. Scott Staats is a full-time outdoor writer who lives in Prineville. Contact him by e-mail at news@ sweethomenews.com. Please put "For Scott Staats" on the subject line. 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