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 with questions or if you require special accommodations. 
Comments may also be submitted electronically to 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


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Volunteer Tuesday Nov. 5 at Mt. View Shelter

Mark Olson is leading a trip to Mt. View Shelter on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to finish stocking firewood.  Contact Mark mark.olson06 at gmail dot com for details or to sign up.

Volunteer at Little Nash Sno-park Thursday Nov. 7

Here’s one more sno-park trip for Salamanders, Scorpions and Oregon Nordic Club on Thursday November 7:  Little Nash sno-park trails, one mile west of Santiam Junction on Hwy 20.  Carpools from Salem leave at 0700 from Home Depot; those coming from Eugene will also need to leave at 0700 from their usual spot in Springfield.  Bring usual PPE, warm layers, food , water, etc.  We will be doing power saw log out and brushing.  If anyone from the Nordic Club can come and install missing blue diamonds that would be great.
Sign up for November 7 here:  here:

Overnight Ski Trip in the Canadian Rockies

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.  At this point one condo is full with four people and another condo can be reserved if we get three or four more participants.  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.

OCTOBER 29, 2019 – Volunteers needed for Lava Lake Project

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, we’ll hold a joint work project with the Salamanders Trail Group to clear and mark neglected ski trails at the Lava Lake SnoPark on Hwy 20.  If you are free on weekdays, please join us.  You can sign up using the link below.  Please contact Beth Dayton or myself for more information.

Volunteers will meet at Salem Home Depot at 0700 to carpool.  Come prepared with gloves, eye protection, sturdy boots, food , water, warm layers and a larger day pack to carry it all.  Bring loppers, hand saw and hard hat, or borrow from us.  
This is the link to sign up for October 29 Lava Lake brushing, logout and signage:
Thanks, Jim
Jim Todd, Day Tour Chair
Willamette Chapter – Oregon Nordic Club

Willamette Volunteer Operations Workshop

October 15, 2019; 0900-1500

Springfield Interagency Office, 3106 Pierce Pkwy Springfield OR

Please RSVP by 10/4/19 to or 541x510x1102

Meeting Goals: The Willamette NF is working to establish consistent protocol for volunteer operations forest wide. This workshop is aimed at helping the forest and partners to understand how volunteer groups and forest districts are currently operating on key topics, and engage everyone in facilitated discussion around where/why it’s important to have consistency across the forest. This first workshop will cover two specific topics: (1) How volunteer groups and districts define different types of volunteers (for example “crew leads”), and (2) How volunteer groups are managing field communications. No decisions will be made at this workshop, rather the focus will be on understanding the need for consistency and informing current conditions.


Facilitator: Gala Miller, Gifford Pinchot National Forest


Introductions & Welcome

Lead: Miller; District Ranger (TBD)

Welcome, Introductions & Meeting Logistics

Meeting goals & background on operations planning effort


High Cascades & Willamette Partnership

Leads: Bayliss & Sorensen

Refresher on goals of this partnership and the support provided by HCFV to volunteer groups


Session 1: Volunteer Types & Training Requirements

Leads: All

Discuss the need to establish consistent definitions for different types of volunteers to improve safety, equity and efficiency (for example: what does it mean to be a “Crew Lead” in each group?).

Hear from groups on if/how they designate different types of volunteers within their ranks, what these labels mean in practice, etc. Are we properly supporting training, etc. for these designations?

Discuss next steps: future discussions on solutions, recommendation to decision makers

Session includes a 15 minute break   


LUNCH (1hr)

Brown bag lunch or order lunch from onsite Stars & Stripes Café


Session 2: Field Communication (1hr)

Leads: All

Discuss the need to establish consistent expectations for field communications

Hear from volunteer groups and districts on:

What types of communication devises are currently being used?

When are they used? How are they shared among the group members, who provides/maintains them?

When are groups interfacing with dispatch? What does this interface look like?

What are the unmet needs for communication devises and support?

Discuss next steps: future discussions on solutions, recommendation to decision makers

Session includes a 15 minute break   


Closing & Next Steps (15min)

Discuss how best to move operations planning effort forward

Discuss next steps & closing

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Volunteer Opportunity


Saturday, October 5, 2019.  Meet at Airport Rd. Park-n-Ride at 7:00 am.    

The Club will stock firewood at Mt. View and South Maxwell Shelters.  Wood is split, just bring gloves, water, and lunch.