Monthly Archives: June 2018

‘Christmas in July’: Help decorate 2018 Capitol tree July 25 in Eugene, Corvallis

Slices of tree branches, made into ornaments and decorated to resemble owls and reindeer.

EUGENE, Ore. – June 29, 2018 – Celebrate “Christmas in July” with Eugene Emeralds baseball and Willamette National Forest July 25, 2018 at PK Park in Eugene, Ore.!

The Willamette National Forest will supply the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this December, and is contributing additional trees to be displayed throughout the U.S. Capitol this holiday season.

Game attendees will have an opportunity to help the forest reach it’s goal of supplying 10,000 unique “Pacific Northwest”nature-themed ornaments to decorate the trees while they are on display!

If you attend:

Gates open at 6 p.m. See Smokey Bear throw the first pitch to start the game at 7 p.m.!

Ornament making stations will be located at the first base plaza.

The Emeralds will play wearing special “ugly sweater” jerseys.

A limited number of discounted tickets are available for purchase at

(PS: The ballpark has Kids Eat Free promotion every Wednesday. Kids 12 & under will receive a voucher when they enter, which can be exchanged for a free hot dog, chips & soda in the concession area).

More upcoming ornament-making opportunities at community events:

  • Sportsman’s Holiday – July 14 at 10 a.m., Sweet Home High School, Sweet Home, Ore.
  • ‘Christmas in July’ with Corvallis Knights baseball – July 25, 6:30 p.m. at Goss Stadium, Corvallis, Ore. Tickets at
  • Oregon Jamboree – August 3-5, Sweet Home High School, Sweet Home, Ore.
  • Sweet Home Community Health Fair – August 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sweet Home High School Activity Center
  • Oregon State Fair – August 25 and September 1 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Salem, Ore.
  • Harvest Fest – Saturday October 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Sankey Park, Sweet Home, Ore.

You can host your own ornament-making event! For more information about the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree, visit

Willamette National Forest staff

A group of four people, three women and one man, show the series of Oregon-themed ornaments they created at the fair

Participants show off the ornaments they made at the Willamette National Forest’s 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree ornament-making booth at the Brownsville Pioneer Picnic on July 16 and 17, 2018 in Brownsville, Ore.

PNW National Forest info now available via iOS, Android apps

Image of a forested mountain valley in background, overlaid with the Pacific Northwest Forest App icon, screenshots from the app, and the Apple App store and Google Play store logos.

PORTLAND, Ore. – June 29, 2018 – The USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region is excited to announce that the recently launched Pacific Northwest Forest Service recreation app is now available for devices using the Android and iOS mobile platforms.

The app serves as a complement to the Forest Service’s traditional website by offering a more mobile-friendly way of connecting to the outdoors. Based on a mapping interface that allows visitors to find recreational opportunities near them, the app provides information on hiking trails, camping, picnicking, boating areas, and more across 16 national forests, one national scenic area, and two national volcanic monuments in Oregon and Washington. The app also provides other important information on passes and fees, visitor center locations and office hours, and alerts on fires and road closures.

“This mobile app is one of many ways we are trying to do our part to be good neighbors and support both the communities we serve and the recreation users who visit,” said Jim Peña, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester. “We heard people want more mobile-friendly ways of getting their hiking, camping, and other recreation information, and this app delivers just that.”

An iOS version of the app was released in May and already has nearly 10,000 downloads with a 4.7 rating in the Apple app store.

  • Download the new Android app.
  • Download the iOS app.

The Pacific Northwest Region consists of 16 National Forests, 59 District Offices, a National Scenic Area, and a National Grassland – comprising 24.7 million acres in Oregon and Washington and employing approximately 3,550 people. To learn more about the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, please visit

USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region staff