* Saturday, July 16th, 9AM 5PM. Blair Lake. Leaders: Jenny Lippert and Sarah Uebel. A beautiful area to see multiple habitats and high species diversity in approximately 2.5 miles round trip. We'll focus on the large meadow complex that surrounds the lake but may climb up the trail for views and additional species if we have time. Meet at South Eugene High School parking lot (19th and Patterson) at 9:00 am to carpool. Bring lunch, water, hiking boots, sunscreen and hat. Sign up here.
* Saturday, August 6th, 8AM 7PM. Oregon Dunes Restoration. Leaders: Armand Rebishke and Dina Pavlis. Hike the John Dellenback Trail and see what the Siuslaw National Forest is up to with dunes restoration. This area is a 'preserve the best' unit, meaning it has an abundance of native dunes plants adapted to open sand conditions reminiscent of historic dunes conditions before the planting and expansion of European beachgrass, brooms and other invasive species. Well see seashore bluegrass, sand fescue and bearberry plant associations among other native dunes species. The sand boundary was treated during late summer 2020 by cutting and wiping Scotch broom, spraying European beachgrass, and cutting small shorepines. Meet at south Eugene High School (19th and Patterson St.) at 8:00 am to carpool or at Dellenback Trail (just south of Eel Creek Campground, ~11 miles south of Hwy 101 and 38 junction in Reedsport) parking lot at 10:30 am. Hike will be approximately 3 miles round trip (it is an out and back trail). Sand dunes hiking can be strenuous, windy, and chilly. Bring water, lunch and sun coverage. Sign up here.