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Hopkins Demonstration Forest, 15 miles south of Oregon City, hosting May 18 event

Two wildlife experts are inviting the public for a free tour with them through the 140-acre demonstration forest in Beavercreek.

COURTESY PHOTO - A 140-acre demonstration forest in Beavercreek features an area with an old-growth canopy.Hopkins Demonstration Forest is 15 miles south of Oregon City. Experts say that 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, will be a perfect time to visit the forest "teeming with wildlife and spring growth."

Fran Cafferata-Coe, a certified wildlife biologist with extensive consulting experience in working forests, and Jimmy Taylor, a research wildlife biologist for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will teach forest visitors about a wide range of animal species and habitats created by the varied forest management demonstration areas. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

After a brief indoor orientation/discussion period with coffee and other refreshments provided, there will be a walking tour of Hopkins Demonstration Forest to discuss challenges across many different forest-management types.

Topics to be covered include management of key species including deer, river beaver, mountain beaver, birds, amphibians and predators. Methods for managing snags, down wood and forest canopy structure will be discussed.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn about methods of damage prevention and protection; "calling" for owls and other species; wildlife inventory techniques and game camera demonstration; and opportunities and challenges around ponds, wetlands, streams and wildlife.

Dress for a field day (rain or shine) and bring your own lunch. This event is free, but space is limited. Register online at beav.es/Zqc.

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