CORVALLIS, Ore., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Forestry present ExploreOregonForests.org: a new, fun interactive experience that offers a rare opportunity to explore Oregon's 30 million acres of forest – with a click of a button.
Funded by the USDA Forest Service and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, this educational site is designed to show Oregon forests in a whole new light with:
- 360 videos
- Trail guides
- Recreation destination information
- Featured video tours
- Printable maps
- Real outdoor treasure hunt
- And much more
Site visitors can get an inside look at Oregon's stunning, diverse forests while learning how trees benefit communities, the threats faced by Oregon's forests and the continual efforts to improve the condition of Oregon's forests.
To help visitors experience the unique array of forests, and plan their next trip, ExploreOregonForests.org showcases four tours of diverse Oregon locations.
Forest Park: this tour gives visitors a deeper look at Portland's iconic urban forest, illustrating how the park battles the incursion of invasive species and how forest-lovers can positively impact the health of the beloved wooded escape.
OSU Research Forests: The second tour dives into the world of Oregon's working forests, which add $12 billion annually to the state's economy and support over 58,000 jobs in recreation, paper production and more. One of these forests, McDonald-Dunn Forest in Corvallis, is owned and maintained by Oregon State University and hosts anywhere from 40 – 80 active research projects at any given time. ExploreOregonForests.org allows learners to interact with McDonald-Dunn in 360 degrees.
Ashland: This segment illustrates the importance of community engagement with surrounding forests, especially in fire-prone environments. Visitors discover what makes a community more resilient to wildfires.
Oregon Coast: The experience concludes with a geocache tour of five Oregon heritage trees located along the Oregon coast. At each site, visitors can collect one-of-a-kind wooden ExploreOregonForests.org coins. Geocaching or not, visitors will learn what makes these trees culturally or historically significant to be worthy of being designated as an Oregon heritage tree.
Begin exploring today at ExploreOregonForests.org
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SOURCE Oregon State University’s Professional and Continuing Education