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“Baby boomers are pushing us to do these things. They are coming right behind us so there is a need for these kinds of publications.”

“We helped ONRC [Oregon Natural Resource Council] do a survey at Box Canyon the last two years identifying the areas of concern for erosion. The Forest Service has acted on all our recommendations, for which we are quite pleased.”

The City of Stayton “Community Profile” listed the Mt. Hood National Forest, but not the Willamette National Forest.

Schools do outdoor education on an ad hoc basis, depending on the individual teachers. The Sublimity Middle School has a science teacher who has taken on several outdoor education projects in the past, and the school occasionally conducts day trips to the forest and the hatchery.

In the last few years, however, two local school districts, the Santiam and the North Santiam have jointly undertaken with the U.S. Forest Service, OSU Extension, the North Santiam Watershed Council, Friends of Opal Creek, and other partners, a watershed education program called colloquially “Shed Ed.” Focused on natural resource education, the program uses a variety of methods, including guest speakers and field trips, to orient and train students in local ecology. The program is currently being certified for “CIM/CAM” (Certificate of Initial Mastery, Certificate of Advanced Mastery) at the state level, making it appropriate for export to other school districts.

The Chamber of Commerce gets many inquiries related to public lands. Information is actively sought through the office on campgrounds, fishing spots, the right bait, road closures, and so on. Its staff feels like people, especially from out of town, are not aware of who to call for this information and that the Chamber is accepted as a source of information. However, their information is limited and many times out of date. Our research revealed that public land users do not stop in Stayton/Sublimity on the way up the canyon—phone calls are made but visits are not.

A major way that the Forest Service has participated in lower valley communities is through the North Santiam Watershed Council. It reportedly

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