January 11 trip report

NOAA’s prognostication of copious amounts of snow and winter weather warning turned out to be exaggerated.  It is piling up though and with possible worsening condition Jim Todd and I decided to chance it.  ODOT had not plowed any of the snow parks and the berm they left in front was more than we wanted to tackle.  Little Nash had a bunch of snow mobile trucks and trailers packing the lot for their rigs and that also didn’t seem like a good place for us.  So that left Potato Hill.  There were some snow shoers there but we were first out to set some track.  Trail breaking was shin to knee deep as we climbed the hill and dropped down to the Hash Brown loop and road to Little Nash.  We explored around under the large Douglas fir where the accumulation was a little less and then made our way back in our tracks, continued up a short ways in the snow shoe track before deciding we had sufficient work out.  The downhill was typical Potato Hill, too fast in the track, too slow out of it.  As we came down to Maxwell there had been enough vehicles pushing thru the berm that we stopped and did another hour ski there.  Pretty nice ski.   Overall there was probably a total of and inch of new snow all day.  ODOT did finally clear a path into the parking lot and Big Springs looked to be cleared better yet.  Still nothing pushed out at Big Meadow Road.  As the storms taper off and the snow consolidates, we could be in for some great skiing.  Get out there.

Bob Young

January 2020 Newsletter

By James Todd
 ****Remember:  Our meetings are shifting back to the 2nd Tuesday of the month for the remainder of the season****
 Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7:00 pm at Pringle Hall, 606 Church St SEPROGRAM  
            Bruce Moffat of the Central Oregon Avalanche Association will give an update of their popular “Know Before You Go” avalanche awareness program.  Central Oregon Avalanche Association is a non-profit focused on avalanche awareness and education.  Their long-term goal is an avalanche forecasting service for the central Cascades.  Check out their website at http://www.coavalanche.org.  Bruce’s program will have important information for anyone traveling the mountains in winter; please join us.
 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
            Please renew your membership for the 2019-2020 season.  For only $20 you receive access to all the inside club news, Ski School, Overnight Trips and the satisfaction of supporting our efforts to promote and improve cross-country skiing for everyone.  You can renew at our monthly meetings or download a renewal form at oncwillamette.org/membership.  Join us for a great season on the snow.  Note:  an updated password for the club’s website will be sent to all current members before the February news is posted.
COMING ATTRACTIONS
            January 15:  Salem Summit Co., 240 Commercial St NE, is hosting an Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing at 6:15 pm.  Jim Todd will present a guided tour of the varied and beautiful cross-country skiing in the Central Cascades. From gentle groomed tracks to steep alpine slopes our nearby mountains have it all. Whether you are a first time skier or an accomplished ski mountaineer–come see what the Central Cascades have to offer!             January 16:  If you miss it on Jan. 15, Jim Todd will present “Cross country-Skiing in the Central Cascades” at Keizer REI, at 6:00 pm. From gentle groomed tracks to steep alpine slopes our nearby mountains have it all. Whether you are a first time skier or an accomplished ski mountaineer–come see what the Central Cascades have to offer!  You can sign up for this program at REI’s Events webpage: https://www.rei.com/events/94826/cross-country-skiingsnowshoe-destinations-central-cascades/266754            SKI SCHOOL:  tentative date is Sat., Jan. 25, 2020, at Hoodoo; with the evening class at Pringle Hall on Tue. Jan. 21.  We are still waiting for Hoodoo to confirm the date and prices.  This information will be posted as soon as it is available.  Keep checking for updates.
 SNO-PARK PERMITS
            The Willamette Chapter will once again sell the cheapest Sno-Park permits in town.  The annual permits will be sold to you at cost ($25) at the Nov. and Dec. meetings.  Be the first on your block to have one pasted in your car window.
          VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
            The Willamette Chapter has an active volunteer program assisting the Forest Service with ski trail clearing and marking, as well as shelter construction, maintenance and firewood stocking.  Thank you volunteers!  Please call Mark Olson (503-559-0728) or Jim Todd (503-378-7003) for more information or to sign up for one of our projects.
            During the ski season Willamette Chapter members help the Forest Service maintain and improve ski trails by reporting trail and shelter conditions. Please help the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests use their limited resources efficiently by sending a Nordic Trail Report when you ski their marked trails. “High Cascades Forest Volunteers” records volunteer activity and reports directly to Forest Service offices. You can access their special Nordic Trail Report form at:
http://www.highcascadesvolunteers.com/WorkReports/WorkReportNordicTrail.html. You can also find the Nordic Trail form by searching for “high cascade volunteers” and going to their website: www.highcascadesvolunteers.com/. From the home page click “HCFV Work Report Form” at the top of left column and then click “Nordic Trail Report” at the bottom of the right column. Fill in the boxes on the form; describe any trail obstructions or problems you encounter; and then click “Submit” at the bottom. Thanks for your help.         WEEKEND DAY TOURS               Guests are welcome on Willamette Chapter day tours.  Please contact the tour leader for details and to ensure the tour matches your interests and skill level.            We need more tour leaders for weekend tours; please step up and lead a tour to your favorite destination.  If you wish to lead a tour, suggest a tour destination or learn more about tour leading, contact Jim Todd (503w378w7003).  The tour schedule is sparse at present due to Holidays and uncertainties about early season snow conditions; more tours will be added as the season progresses.  Remember, impromptu tours are always an option.  If you yearn for a day on skis phone Jim, one the leaders below or a skier on the weekday list.  Connect with your fellow Club members and get out when it snows.January 11, Saturday:  A Tour, Santiam Pass area.  Contact Pam & Craig Wojcik (503w931w2705). January 11 or 12, Saturday or Sunday:  B Tour, Santiam Pass area; location and date depending on snow conditions and group interest.  Contact Bob Young (503w621w6626).January 18, Saturday:  A Tour, Big Springs, Ray Benson or Hoodoo Nordic—depending on snow conditions.  Contact Jim Todd (503w378w7003).January 18, Saturday:  B Tour, Potato Hill.  Contact Bianca Klar (503w949w9089).

January  25 Ski School at Hoodoo’s Nordic Trails.  This is a great opportunity for beginning, novice and intermediate skiers to learn and practice skiing skills.  Watch the NEWS for details.

February 1, Saturday:  Beginner/A Tour:  return trip to Hoodoo’s Nordic tracks or an easy road ski—depending on group interest.  Contact Jim Todd (503w378w7003).

February 1 or 2, Saturday or Sunday:  B Tour, Santiam Pass area; location and date depending on snow conditions and group interest.  Contact Bob Young (503w621w6626).

February 2, Sunday:  A Tour, post Ski School tour; location depending on snow conditions and group interest.  Contact Jeanne Miller (503w588w0473).

February 8, Saturday:  A Tour, Santiam Pass area.  Contact Genice Rabe (506w371w6347).

February 8, Saturday:  B Tour,  Benson/Little Nash traverse—if snow permits.  Contact Jim Todd (503w378w7003).

February 15, Saturday:  A Tour, location depending on snow conditions. Contact Mark Olson (503w559w0728).

February 16, Sunday:  B Tour,

February 22, Saturday:  A Tour, Three Creeks area.  Contact John Hortsch (503w749w1988).

March 21, Saturday:  A/B Tour, John Craig Ski Event at McKenzie Pass.  Watch the NEWS for details.

Tour Ratings: A key to the Tour Rating type codes: 

Beginner-Easy  = Short distances on flat or gentle slopes. Appropriate for first time skiers.

“A” = Easy-Distances up to 5 or 6 miles with a few slopes. Some basic skills are required.-Some of these may not be suitable for 1st time skiers. 

“B” = Intermediate or experienced-Distances of 6 to 12 miles or possible elevation gains of 2000 feet . May include some steeper sections. Some downhill skills are required. 

“C” = Advanced-Longer with greater elevation gains. Includes both trails and off-trail with frequent steep terrain.

“D” = Expert-Very difficult or long. Possibe back-country travel and/or mountaineering. 

The Club encourages car pooling for tours and suggests that riders reimburse the driver 10 cents per mile (total round trip miles). 

            The Willamette Chapter is sharing ski tours with the Chemeketans again this season.  Here is their tour list for 2020.  Contact Bruce Moffatt if you have questions or wish to join one of the Chemeketan ski tours.

Chemeketan XC Ski Schedule

Feb. 8th Cross the Crest. An XC ski tour beginning at Santiam SnoPark and crossing the Cascade Crest. Round trip 6-8 miles. Going towards the Booth Lake, Square Lake vicinity. Moderate difficulty. Contact the leader brucemoffatt3@gmail.com

Feb. 22nd Hoodoo Ski Bowl to Potato Hill SnoPark. A moderate ski tour, being comfortable with some moderate downhill sections will make you feel more at ease.
About 4 miles with an alpine feel without the elevation gain. A short and often overlooked, classic ski tour.  Contact the leader at brucemoffatt3@gmail.com

Mar. 14th Ski Skills Improvement- Groomed tracks at Hoodoo Ski Bowl. Come on out and get some tips, ski more confidently and comfortably. Brush up on your skills work on your fitness and enjoy the snow. Contact the leader at brucemoffatt3@gmail.com

April 4-6th Hut-to-Hut Tour, Dutchman’s Flat to Three Creeks SnoPark.  Sign up now so we can reserve this weekend. Limited to 7 skiers.   Ski the backcountry hut system without a heavy pack. Food, sleeping systems, shuttle are included in the price. Enjoy traveling light through spring snow of Central Oregon.  Contact the leader at brucemoffatt3@gmail.com
 

OVER NIGHT TRIPS

            Canmore Ski Trip

This is a multiday trip to one of the most scenic areas of the Canadian Rockies.  Skiing is at its best later in the winter when we are going since the major storms have past but it is still well below freezing to keep the snow dry for good skiing.  All types of skiing ,back country trail, groomed nordic and downhill are just a short drive away from our base location in Canmore (about and hour drive west of Calgary if you fly rather than drive).  The local groomed Nordic area, almost within walking distance from condo, offers plenty of challenging trails since it was built for Olympic ski competition. We will spend four nights in Canmore and then one night in northern Idaho for the drive up and another night for the drive back to Salem.  Condo type units where we are staying have small but complete kitchens. Both grocery stores and restaurants are numerous in Canmore.  For some of us this will be our third or fourth time to Canmore so we think it is well worth the trip for the skiing and the scenery.  Leaving Salem on 3/29, returning to Salem on 4/4.  Call for more details if you are interested  Craig Wojcik  503xx931xx2705.

            Note:  condos reserved for this trip are full, but other accomodations are available if you swish to join this trip.

         Central Oregon Ski Weekend
I am leading a weekend ski trip to a the LaPine Area in February.
We stay at no cost at a large home on the banks of the Deschutes River just west of LaPine.  Many local skiing options including the Paulina Lake area as well as Meissner SnoPark (groomed trails) and Dutchman’s Flat near Mt. Bachelor Ski area as well as the groomed trails at Bachelor, to name a few. We can order pizza from a nearby parlor or cook group meals. We have a full service kitchen to prepare meals. We have room for a dozen skiers. The dates are Friday February 21–Sunday February 23.
Contact information:
Mark Olson at 503xx559xx0728 or mark at olson dot us.

Mark W. Olson
8750 Oak Grove Rd.
Rickreall, Or 97371
503xx559xx0728                    Note:  still room for more skiers on this trip.

Hut-to-Hut ski trip from Dutchman Flats to Three Creeks SnoPark, April 4-6.  See Chemeketan XC Schedule above for details.

SKI TOUR REPORT

            January 3, Friday:  when Bianca, Bob, Beth, Kurt and I arrived at Ray Benson the snow surface was a glaze of ice.  But our skis cut through and gave a little grip so we headed out the North Loop.  The thin snow required careful maneuvering around rocks and over logs, but the glide was great.  We picked up the Circle Lake trail and followed it to Island Junction shelter for lunch; then continued to Brandenburg shelter before finding an off-trail route back to the SnoPark.  Just possibly the best ski tour ever on a 6″ snowpack! 

Sunday Jan 19th 2020
By Bianca Klar
As the forecast for Saturday has digressed and looked less than inviting, we changed the time of our trip to Sunday.  The promise of even partially sunny skies was too tempting.  It rained Saturday and Saturday night, so upon arrival at the Potato Hill parking lot, we found a thin sheet of ice covering everything.  We traded good weather for poor snow conditions.  But we were there and ready to make the best of it.  The six of us; Bob Young, Pam and Craig Wojcik, Anna and Jack Tally, and I proceeded up the slippery and well tracked Jack Pine road with our sights for the top of the Potato Hill.  The higher we got, the windier it became, with flat out blustery winds at the top.  The views were beautiful as usual from that place in every direction, but we didn’t stay long to enjoy them.  Some of us proceeded downhill of the south side to the bottom of the road that runs into Hash brown road.  The skiing down was suboptimal with windblown and frozen patches to some nice soften snow higher up, to heavy wet and deep snow from midway to the bottom.  We found the Hash brown road leading up to the Jack Pine road and took it with the near suicidal exit out.

Dec. 28 Ski Tour Report  by Jim Todd

Our Saturday tour at Ray Benson encountered a thin snowpack, but great skiing–just like Bob’s Christmas eve ski.  Snow wasn’t much more than a foot deep, but there were 3-4″ of “almost” powder over a firm base.  It was sunny in the morning with high clouds in the afternoon–beautiful conditions for skiing.  Anna, Reid and I headed out the South Loop for a quarter mile and then left the trail to ramble through the open terrain created by the Big Hoodoo thinning project.  With  light snow and no trailbreaking it was an easy ski down to the Santiam Wagon Rd. and east to Brandenburg Shelter for lunch.  In the afternoon we skied north on the Two Buttes Cutoff past Claypool Buttes and then wandered off trail back to Ray Benson.  If we get even a few inches of fresh snow, there will be good skiing at the pass next weekend.  Get out and enjoy! 

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Christmas Eve Report by Bob Young

Christmas Eve ski report

By Bob Young

Well folks, there may not be much base up there but the skiing conditions were awesome on this Christmas Eve day.  Bianca and I went up to Hoodoo, which obviously has not opened yet, with hopes of getting in some classic miles along with a little climbing an a few tele turns.  What we found was 2” to 3” of light powder on top of the scant base.  There were still some twigs and brush poking through on the slopes but the road up to Hoodoo’s upper Nordic trail had been packed before the new snow.  The upper trails had already been tracked by other skiers so the classic part of out outing was really nice.  We also came across some patches of beautiful hoar frost with inch long crystals and longer.  We’ll try to get a little video clip of them fluttering in the breeze posted.  The final goal of some tele turns was also fulfilled as we climbed the back run on the Hodag and for the final run we came down Headwall.  The snow was so forgiving that I’ve never skied that run better.

So, there’s supposed to be a bit of new snow later this week.  Conditions are well worth the trip up the mountain and if you are willing to do a little climb the upper Hoodoo Nordic trails will reward your effort.

December 2019 Newsletter

Monthly Meeting, Monday, Dec. 9, 7:00 pm at Pringle Hall, 606 Church St SE

PROGRAM: The Latest and Greatest in Nordic Ski Gear

Jeremy Rooper of the Mountain Shop in Portland will bring a wide selection of ski gear and vast experience as a backcountry skier to our meeting. The Mountain Shop has supplied mountaineering gear to Oregonians for 80 years and Jeremy has been their backcountry ski expert for more than 20 years. Come see the latest equipment and learn from an expert.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:

Please renew your membership for the 2019-2020 season. For only $20 you receive access to all the inside club news, Ski School, Overnight Trips and the satisfaction of supporting our efforts to promote and improve cross-country skiing for everyone. You can renew at our monthly meetings or download a renewal form at oncwillamette.org/membership. Join us for a great season on the snow.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:

January 14, Willamette Chapter’s club meeting: Bruce Moffatt will present the Central Oregon Avalanche Association’s “Know Before You Go” avalanche awareness program.

January 16: Jim Todd will present a guided tour of the varied and beautiful cross country skiing in the Central Cascades. From gentle groomed tracks to steep alpine slopes our nearby mountains have it all. Whether you are a first time skier or an accomplished ski mountaineer–come see what the Central Cascades have to offer! You can sign up for this program at REI’s Events webpage: https://www.rei.com/events/94826/cross-country-skiingsnowshoe-destinations-central-cascades/266754

SKI SCHOOL: tentative date is Sat., Jan. 25, 2020, at Hoodoo; with the evening class at Pringle Hall on Tue. Jan. 21. Watch the News for details.

SNO-PARK PERMITS

The Willamette Chapter will once again sell the cheapest Sno-Park permits in town. The annual permits will be sold to you at cost ($25) at the Nov. and Dec. meetings. Be the first on your block to have one pasted in your car window.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

11/05/2019:  stocking wood at Mtn. View Shelter (photo by Bill Nelson)

The Willamette Chapter has an active volunteer program assisting the Forest Service with ski trail clearing and marking; shelter construction and maintenance; and firewood stocking. Thank you volunteers! Please call Mark Olson 503xx559xx0728 or Jim Todd 503xx378xx7003) for more information or to sign up for one of our projects.

VOLUNTEER REPORTS

November 5, Tuesday: Mark Olson and Bill Nelson hauled a last pickup load of firewood to Mtn. View Shelter near Maxwell SnoPark. The woodshed should be full enough to last the entire winter.

November 7, Thursday: the Salamanders trail group and Willamette Chapter volunteers logged the ski trails at Little Nash SnoPark. Recently fallen 30” trees were removed. These trails should be free of obstacles this season.

Nov. 23, Saturday: Jeff and Jim placed about 20 blue diamonds on the Little Nash Ski Trail and the Potato Nash trail. It will be easier to navigate the trails now.

WEEKEND DAY TOURS

Guests are welcome on Willamette Chapter day tours. Please contact the tour leader for details and to ensure the tour matches your interests and skill level.

We need more tour leaders for weekend tours; please step up and lead a tour to your favorite destination. If you wish to lead a tour, suggest a tour destination or learn more about tour leading, contact Jim Todd (5033787003). The tour schedule is sparse at present due to Holidays and uncertainties about early season snow conditions; more tours will be added as the season progresses. Remember, impromptu tours are always an option. If you yearn for a day on skis phone Jim, one the leaders below or a skier on the weekday list. Connect with your fellow Club members and get out when it snows.

December 7 Saturday: A Tour, Santiam Pass area, location depending on snow conditions. Mark Olson 503v559v0728.

December 7, Saturday: B Tour, Potato Hill or Sand Mountain. Jim Todd 503v378v7003.

December 14, Saturday: A Tour, location depending on snow conditions. Ron Allowitz 503v951v3110.

December 14 or 15, Saturday or Sunday: B Tour, location and date depending on snow conditions and group interest. Bob Young 503v621v6626.

December 21, Saturday: A Tour, Santiam Pass area. Pam & Craig Wojcik 503v931v2705.

December 21, Saturday: B Tour, location depending on snow conditions. Jeff Starr 503v851v8403.

December 28, Saturday: A Tour, location depending on snow conditions and group interest. Roz Shirack 503v399v8615.

December 28, Saturday: B Tour, Ray Benson to Little Nash Traverse. Jim Todd 503v378v7003

January 4, Saturday: A Tour, Teacup Lake groomed tracks on Mt. Hood. Mark Olson 503V559V0728

January 4 or 5, Saturday or Sunday: B Tour, location and date depending on snow conditions and group interest. Bob Young 503v621v6626

January 11, Saturday: A Tour, Santiam Pass area. Pam & Craig Wojcik 503v931v2705

January 25, Saturday: Ski School at Hoodoo’s Nordic Trails. This is a great opportunity for beginning, novice and intermediate skiers to learn and practice skiing skills. Watch the NEWS for details.

March 21, Saturday: A/B Tour, John Craig Ski Event at McKenzie Pass. Watch the NEWS for details.

SKI TOUR REPORTS

November 29, Saturday: first real snow of the season and first ski. Santiam Pass had 12-18” of new snow and it was as close to powder as it gets in the Cascades. With temperatures around 20°F it was perfect; I skied all day on one coat of blue wax. Bianca, Bob and I had a great road tour from Ray Benson to the base of Sand Mountain and back. Let’s hope it keeps snowing.

VIDEO CORNER

Here’s a brief clip of ski trails and mountain scenery in Canmore, Alberta. It should whet your appetite for Pam & Craig’s trip to Canmore next spring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwHXwYsYWec

FIS Cross Country World Cup racing has begun. After the first weekend in Ruka Finland, American Sadie Maubet Bjornsen leads the overall standings with her third and fourth place finishes. It’s early days, but this is the first time an American woman has been the overall World Cup leader. Here’s a clip of Sadie’s photo finish for third place in the ladies sprint final:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgnjesiQRcE

11/05/2019:  stocking wood at Mtn. View Shelter (photo by Bill Nelson)

11/07/2019:  logging trials at Little Nash SnoPark

11/29/2019:  Sand Mountain, first ski!

Current Newsletter

December 2019. (Part I)

Monthly Meeting, Monday, Dec. 9, 7:00 pm at Pringle Hall, 606 Church St SE

PROGRAM: The Latest and Greatest in Nordic Ski Gear;

Jeremy Rooper of the Mountain Shop in Portland will bring a wide selection of ski gear and vast experience as a backcountry skier to our meeting. The Mountain Shop has supplied mountaineering gear to Oregonians for 80 years and Jeremy has been their backcountry ski expert for more than 20 years. Come see the latest equipment and learn from an expert.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:

Please renew your membership for the 2019-2020 season. For only $20 you receive access to all the inside club news, Ski School, Overnight Trips and the satisfaction of supporting our efforts to promote and improve cross-country skiing for everyone. You can renew at our monthly meetings or download a renewal form at oncwillamette.org/membership. Join us for a great season on the snow.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:

January 14, Willamette Chapter’s club meeting: Bruce Moffatt will present the Central Oregon Avalanche Association’s “Know Before You Go” avalanche awareness program.

January 16: Jim Todd will present a guided tour of the varied and beautiful cross country skiing in the Central Cascades. From gentle groomed tracks to steep alpine slopes our nearby mountains have it all. Whether you are a first time skier or an accomplished ski mountaineer– come see what the Central Cascades have to offer! You can sign up for this program at REI’s Events webpage: https://www.rei.com/events/94826/cross-country-skiingsnowshoe-destinations- central-cascades/266754

SKI SCHOOL: tentative date is Sat., Jan. 25, 2020, at Hoodoo; with the evening class at Pringle Hall on Tue. Jan. 21. Watch the News for details.

SNO-PARK PERMITS

The Willamette Chapter will once again sell the cheapest Sno-Park permits in town. The annual permits will be sold to you at cost ($25) at the Nov. and Dec. meetings. Be the first on your block to have one pasted in your car window

February 21 – February 23 LaPine Ski trip

I am leading a weekend ski trip to the Lapine Area in February.
We stay at no cost at a large home on the banks of the Deschutes River just west of Lapine.

Many local skiing options including the Paulina Lake area as well as Misner Snow Park (groomed trails) and Dutchman’s Flat near Mt. Bachelor Ski area as well as the groomed trails at Bachelor, to name a few. We can order pizza from a nearby parlor or cook group meals. We have a full service kitchen to prepare meals. We have room for a dozen skiers. The dates are Friday, February 21 through Sunday Feb 23. Contact information:
Mark Olson at 503xx559xx0728 or mark at olson dot us.

Mark W. Olson
8750 Oak Grove Rd.
Rickreall, Or 97371
503xx559xx0728
MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS mark at olson dot us

December Program: (Dec. 9)

The Latest and Greatest in Nordic Ski Gear; Jeremy Rooper of the Mountain Shop in Portland will bring a wide selection of ski gear and vast experience as a backcountry skier to our meeting.  The Mountain Shop has supplied mountaineering gear to Oregonians for 80 years and Jeremy has been their backcountry ski expert for more than 20 years.  Come see the latest equipment and learn from an expert. 

Special Recreation Permit Fee Structure

Willamette National Forest invites public to attend Open Houses on proposed special recreation permit fee structure
 
Springfield, Ore., Nov. 6, 2019 – The Willamette National Forest will have two open houses for the public to learn more about the proposed special recreation permit fee structure for the limited entry system which will be implemented next year in the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas. The forest will review and consider all comments and use them to inform how the proposal may be adjusted. The public comment period for the proposed special recreation permit fee began on October 9, and will end on Nov. 25, 2019.
 
“Both open houses will begin with a brief presentation about the proposed fee structure,” said Recreation Program Manager Matt Peterson. “People will also have an opportunity to visit informally with Willamette National Forest leadership and staff and provide written comments.”
 
The first open house will be held on Tuesday, November 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Chemeketa Community College, Winema Building, 4001 Winema Place NE, Salem, Ore. The second open house will be held on Thursday, November 21, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St., Eugene, Ore. Contact Matt Peterson at matt.peterson@usda.gov with questions or if you require special accommodations. 
 
Comments may also be submitted electronically to WillametteRecFeeComments@usda.gov or dropped off at any Willamette National Forest office during business hours. Additionally, comments may be mailed to Willamette National Forest, ATTN: Recreation Fees, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, Ore., 97477.
 
Find answers to frequently asked questions and other detailed information about the proposed fee structure at www.fs.usda.gov/willamette.
 

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