On Friday, August 31st, the first official Chief of the United States Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, will visit the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pinchot, who turns 147 this year, rose to national prominence under the patronage of President Theodore Roosevelt. Pinchot will be impersonated by actor and Forest Service archaeologist Tony Farque, who has been imitating the former Chief for several years across the nation.
Saturday September 1st, at 1pm, Cape Perpetua will be hosting the final Eco-trek of the summer season. This guided hike will take place on the Saint Perpetua trail, a 3-mile round-trip hike featuring what could easily be considered the most stunning view on the Oregon Coast. This trail is rated “difficult” due to the 700-ft elevation gain to the top of the Cape, but is entirely worth the effort. US Forest Service field ranger Carol Daviscourt will be leading this Eco-trek, delving deep into the natural, cultural, and geologic history of the Oregon Coast. Eco-trek participants will meet at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 1p.m.: register for this hike by calling the Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.
Sunday, September 2nd , Smokey Bear will be making special appearances at several sites in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. A visit with Smokey is a fun and memorable experience for the whole family. Smokey will appear at the Driftwood Campground from 11a.m. to 12p.m. and again at Horsfall Campground from 2p.m. to 3p.m. For more Smokey sightings and fire prevention messages, call the Reedsport Visitor Center at 541-271-6000 before Sunday or the Cape Visitor Center on Sunday at 541-547-3289.
Finally, on Monday September 3rd, US Forest Service field rangers will be available at both the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area and Cape Perpetua Scenic area for guided hikes and interpretive programs from 11am-4:30pm. The Field Rangers are mostly college students participating in a special Forest Service program called Valuing People and Places.
Supervisor Dave Thompson explains, “The program gives the Forest Service the opportunity to interact directly with the public and provide information about the area’s extraordinary recreational opportunities, unique geology, natural history, and cultural features.”
Visitors have responded enthusiastically Thompson notes and “We’ve already made over 25,000 contacts with the public this summer.” There is no charge for the event and guided hikes although a valid federal recreation pass is required at sites.
For more information about field ranger programs, contact Gayle Gill at 541-271-6060
For more information, visit us on the web at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/siuslaw/cape or on Facebook at Discover Cape Perpetua, and follow us at twitter.com/SiuslawNF.