SPECIAL Battle Ground Views and Brews: Huckleberry Restoration

Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

SPECIAL Battle Ground Views and Brews: Huckleberry Restoration

Location: The Cedars on Salmon Creek - Brush Prairie, WA
Description: Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. - Join us anytime after 5:00 p.m. Food and beverages for sale, provided by Mill Creek Pub
*Please note, this is a special edition of Views and Brews in partnership with the Pinchot Partners
The Cedars on Salmon Creek
15001 NE. 181st St.
Brush Prairie, WA 98606

Come learn about huckleberries and huckleberry restoration strategies in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest! Traveling into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to gather huckleberries is a local summer tradition. However, over the last fifty years many pickers have found fewer areas with fruiting bushes. The Mount St. Helens Institute, Pinchot Partners and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest are hosting a talk and casual, informative open house to talk about important huckleberry areas. You hear about huckleberry restoration and upcoming possibilities to improve huckleberry fields forest-wide. Learn about huckleberry areas on the forest and how the interested public can get involved with huckleberry restoration efforts. Information will also be available about huckleberry picking on the forest.

The Pinchot Partners and the Forest Service have worked together for the past seven years to improve huckleberry habitat. Huckleberries are an important plant for our communities and forest wildlife. Harvesting trees commercially to “daylight” the huckleberry bushes, hand removal of competing vegetation, and conducting prescribed burning are all methods that can improve huckleberry production.

The Pinchot Partners was recently awarded two grants from the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation to develop a forest-wide strategy for restoring huckleberry habitat on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Funding was also received from PacMtn Workforce Development to support public outreach. Members of the Pinchot Partners will be present to explain more about these grants and how the public can be involved in the restoration effort.

The Pinchot Partners work within the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and surrounding areas to promote policies and projects that create quality local jobs, recreational opportunities and benefit watershed health. The Pinchot Partners are comprised of diverse forest stakeholders who share a vision of healthy forests and vibrant communities. They strive to bring together differing perspectives in an open and safe forum in order to discuss and create innovative projects that incorporate the fundamental principles of ecosystem management. Ecosystem management recognizes that social values play an integral role in how we manage our public forest land, and seeks to meet social needs while maintaining ecological integrity.