This week, I have been exploring more of the Hebo Ranger District to get a better idea of what interpretive programs I will be able to do.
The first place I was able to go to was Sand Lake! Just like in the Central Coast Ranger District, Sand Lake has dunes that attract many visitors with off-highway vehicles or that want to camp. The Sand Lake Field Manager, Travis Sisco, showed me around the dunes recreation areas and told me about all the different aspects that bring people to their site. I am happy to say that we are planning a campground program for Sand Lake later this month!
The second place I was able to go to was Drift Creek Falls. This trail has a suspension bridge that is over 240 feet long and 100 feet above the canyon floor. Although I did not have time to make it all the way to the suspension bridge since it was a quick stop, I was told about the history of the bridge and the area. This will also be an area where I will be tabling and doing walks with a ranger in the near future.
Throughout the week, I was also able to do fieldwork with the wildlife biologists, which included setting up cameras to see if there were any Coastal Marten in the area. Coastal Marten were found in the Oregon Dunes area in the Central Coast Ranger District, so cameras are being set up in the area to see if there are any populations farther north. The areas were not only set up cameras, but also with a very strong smelling lure called gusto and a tape to measure the size of any animals that visit are and a very strong smelling lure called gusto. These cameras were placed in areas that were well protected and surrounded by shrubs and trees since this is the preferred habitat of the Coastal Marten. The cameras will have to be checked periodically to see if there are any Coastal Marten in the area.