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Wednesday, April 28th WCSWA Monthly Meeting: 7:00pm

Double Feature Continued – Washington County Focus

If you’re like most folks for the last year you’ve been spending more time close to home than you ever thought you would. But that just makes it more important to know about the local happenings. Come to our virtual meeting on April 28th for two speakers that will highlight what’s happening right here in Washington County.

Our first speaker will be Scott McEwen. Scott will give us an overview of the Tualatin River Watershed Council, what it is currently doing, and how it relates to small woodlands in the county.

Scott became the Executive Director of the Tualatin River Watershed Council two years ago. He is passionate about understanding, conserving and restoring the diverse habitats of the northwest. His background in the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and species recovery programs, in combination with his technical knowledge have resulted in the development of effective and enduring programs. When he is not at work, you can find Scott white water rafting with his family or plying the area’s estuaries and rivers with his kayak or canoe.

Our second speaker will be Mike Cafferata, our Oregon Department of Forestry District Forester. Mike will be giving us a County-specific review of the 2020 fire season with a focus on preparing for the 2021 fire season. In September, Mike spent the first week after Labor Day supporting the local fire response effort. When the local area was under control, he spent two weeks as agency administrator on the Beachie and Riverside Fires.

Mike is a native Oregonian, growing up outside Springfield. After graduating from OSU in Forest Management, he went to graduate school at Virginia Tech. Oregon is his home and following graduate school he returned to Oregon and began working for the Oregon Department of Forestry. He has held various roles including reforestation forester, stewardship forester, and policy manager prior to taking the position of District Forester in Forest Grove. As with all ODF staff, Mike is part of the complete and coordinated system to suppress wildfire. He is a qualified Division Supervisor and has been the Agency Administrator managing fires locally and statewide

For additional articles and the Zoom link see the April 2021 Forest Forum.

Remembering Amy Grotta

The forest community lost one fantastic personality on December 24, 2019. Our dear friend and colleague Amy Grotta passed away. Amy was the FNR Extension agent for Columbia, Multnomah, and Yamhill Counties.  Amy had been living with cancer for a number of years which regrettably took her life. Her indomitable spirit had been an inspiration for us all.  She will not be forgotten. What an incredible talent and friend to the forest and to those who were touched by her talent, wisdom, energy, and willingness to step in and help us. Among her accomplishments while at OSU, Amy authored numerous Extension publications on a variety of forest management topics.  Her “Tree Topics” blog and publications kept us informed on important tree matters.

For continuation and for a great idea for sharing memories of Amy see Page 3 of the January 2020 Forest Forum.



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