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Pre- and Post- Conference Workshops

EDEN 2011 Annual Meeting

October 11 - October 14, 2011

Portland, Oregon

Pre- and Post- Annual Meeting Workshops and Schedule of Activities

Pre-Conference Workshop
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

$53 per participant, guests welcome, separate registration required
Breakfast, Transportation and all admissions included (lunch at Camp 18 not included in tour fee)
Pre-Tour Breakfast at Multnomah Grille at Doubletree Inn - full hot breakfast buffet. Service begins at 6:00AM.
Bus tour departs 7:30AM from Buffet entrance of the hotel.
Lunch at Camp 18 – individual bills
Depart hotel 7:30AM returning 5:30PM 

Participants will travel to two Oregon towns. One hit hard by natural disaster, another trying to defend itself against a potential tsunami.

The tour begins in Vernonia, Oregon. Once a thriving rural timber community, Vernonia has been rebuilding since the most recent flash flood of 2007. This visit will spotlight how the Land Grant University (OSU) has been engaged in the recovery from the flooding and also in community development activities. This tour, hosted by Amy Grotta, an OSU Forestry Extension faculty member, will look at the role of community partnerships as well as economic development including the multiple uses of forestry resources, watershed management, and energy and ecosystem services.

Lunch will be at Camp 18 in Elsie, Oregon. Camp 18 is a logging museum and restaurant that provides a visual step back in the history of Oregon’s great logging industry. In the 20s and 30s the large logging operations such as Clark & Wilson, Big Creek Timber Company and others numbered all their camps. Therefore, the restaurant and logging museum is called Camp 18 because it’s located at mile post 18 on Highway 26. Those interested in the logging history of the Northwest will find plenty to interest them at this site. Camp 18 is also famous for its hearty meals with a Northwest flair.  See more information on Camp 18 as well as their lunch menu at

Following lunch participants will continue onto Seaside Oregon.  Seaside is a community of 6,500 citizens that lies directly in the subduction zone of a potential tsunami. Pat Corcoran, an OSU Extension faculty member, will host this visit which will focus on community preparedness for a tsunami event. This will include a discussion of how education and community partnerships can help for disaster. At the conclusion of this portion, the bus will return to Portland.

Post-Conference Workshop
Friday, October 14, 2011

$63 per person – guests welcome, separate registration required
Breakfast, lunch, transportation, speakers and admission fees included
Pre-Tour Breakfast at Multnomah Grille at Doubletree Inn - full hot breakfast buffet. Service begins at 6:00AM.
Bus tour departs 7:30AM from Buffet entrance of the hotel.
Lunch at Fire Mountain Grill at Hoffstadt Bluffs (click here for a downloadable PDF of the menu)
Depart hotel 7:30AM returning to Portland 5:00PM

This tour begins with a bus ride to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. On the ride, two videos about the Mt. St. Helens eruption will be available for viewing. Hosts for the day will include Bill Closner, retired Skamania County Sheriff and Pat Keough, retired Army Corps of Engineers engineer; both were present in the area at the time of the disaster and heavily involved in its aftermath. The Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO) is located at the terminus of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Southwest Washington State. This vantage point brings visitors within five miles of the north side of the volcano and offers spectacular views of the still-steaming lava dome, crater, pumice plain and landslide deposit. JRO is located on Johnston Ridge which was named in honor of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) volcanologist David A. Johnston who was on duty at the USGS, Coldwater II observation post during the May 18, 1980, eruption. David Johnston was one of 57 people who lost their lives in the eruption. Visitors will be treated to a tour of the visitor center, movies in the Johnston Ridge Theatre as well as a specially-arranged ranger talk on the eruption and the rebuilding process that has followed.

Following the visit to Johnston Ridge Observatory, participants will board the bus for a scenic trip down the road to Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center This visitor center is one of the largest post and beam structures on the West Coast. The center overlooks the Toutle River Valley and Mount St. Helens. You will also find much information regarding life in the valley prior to the Mt. St. Helens eruption as well as a paved walking path through their Memorial Grove planted in honor of those that lost their lives during the eruption. At Hoffstadt Bluffs you will enjoy lunch at the Fire Mountain Grill during a presentation by Peter Frenzen, a U.S. Forest Service geologist specializing in Mt. St. Helens.

Following lunch, the tour will continue to Totem Pole Farms in Willow Grove, WA. This portion of the tour will be hosted by Van Youngquist, a former Cowlitz County Commissioner and owner of Totem Pole Farms. Van’s farm is on a portion of the Columbia River that was severely affected by post-eruption ash and flooding in the Mt. St. Helens eruption. He will describe the event and how it has changed the land and farming practices in this area as well as efforts to prepare for future catastrophic flooding events. US Geological Service geologist Carolyn Driedger will explain how the USGS continues to monitor volcanic activity in the area. Following this portion, bus will return to Portland. 

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