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Popular summer programs returning to state parks

Posted: Friday, Jun 21st, 2013

U.S. Forest Service field rangers stand ready to greet the public at Cape Perpetua and Oregon Dunes this summer, Thursdays through Tuesdays. (courtesy photo)

Do you want to take a hike with stunning ocean views under a canopy of giant trees or across towering sand dunes in the company of your very own guide? Would you like to better understand subjects like coastal rainforest ecology, cultural history and dunes geology? Are you looking for opportunities to connect children to the outdoors through meaningful educational and family oriented experiences?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then head to Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area this summer Thursdays through Tuesdays to find U.S. Forest Service field rangers waiting to welcome you to your National Forest and guide you on new adventures.

“Our field rangers’ primary goal is to facilitate opportunities for visitors to make positive, memorable and lasting connections to their public lands,” says David L. Thompson, Siuslaw National Forest Interpretive Specialist and manager of the field ranger program. “This is also our chance to put a face to the efforts of those in our Forest who strive year-round to serve the greater good of the public through their efforts in recreation, restoration, and community partnerships.”

Serving the public for its fourth year through special Forest Service funding, this program — known as Valuing People and Place — provides summer visitors the opportunity to interact directly with field rangers who offer more than orientation services already given at the visitor centers.

This year’s field rangers are a young crew from across the nation with university degrees from Stanford, William and Mary, University of Florida, Calvin College, University of Idaho, Western Michigan University, Oregon State University, Miami University and Texas A&M.

For the complete article see the 06-22-2013 issue.

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