Monthly Archives: January 2016

2016 Special Events

2016 Special Events Flyer High Res

A Thunderous Boom!

South Falls AudienceOn a misty Wednesday morning, the fallen tree above South Falls came crashing down to the pool below.

South Falls Before (Dec 8) South Falls After (Dec 9)

Check out the before and after shots of South Falls when the tree originally fell in December.  Can you see the near side tree getting a “hair cut” by its creek side neighbor?!

The Statesman Journal also captured some shots of the action:  South Falls Tree Removal

…and the trail below South Falls is now open!

Are Beavers Really THAT Busy?

Beaver LoggingAt Silver Falls the answer is… YES!!

As you can see our resident beavers have been doing what they do best – creating wetlands.  As seen from the Nature Trail around the campground, our beavers have been making dams, gnawing young trees, and even trying their hand – er, paw – at being lumberjacks by taking down some larger red alder trees.

Fun Facts:

Beavers are one of the few mammals that alter their habitat to suit their needs. (Mammals of Washington and Oregon, Lone Pine Publishing)

You can even see a beaver dam from space!  WEBLINK

Beaver dam by wildlife blind

Vine maples Big alder downBeaver pondBeaver Branch Beaver Stump

Let AmeriCorps Brighten Your Rainy Day

2015 Blog in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this Discover Silver Falls Blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy New Year!

First Day Hike South Falls 20162016 Kicked-off with a Healthy Hike!

44 visitors joined Ranger Steve Hernandez on a hike under South & Lower South Falls enjoying our fascinating natural history along the way.  We hope to see you all next year so you can join in on the fun and collect your [or another!] First Day Hike Pin!

Salem’s Statesman Journal also attended the hike and posted more great pictures:

  Statesman Journal First Day Hike

First Day Hike Lower South Falls 2016