Monday, October 17, 2011

The Larches are turning!

Photo by Kim Faire

Dr. Karen Antell, Associate Professor of Biology at EOU, has invited the EOU campus community to join her on a day hike in the Rebarrow Research Forest. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the larches and the forest and to enjoy great views of the nearby Elkhorn Mountains.

Dr. Antell's original invitation:

I would like to extend an invitation to the entire campus community to visit EOU's Rebarrow Research Forest with me this Friday afternoon, from 2:00-5:00 PM.  The forest is located on Glass Hill, approximately 6 miles south of La Grande at 5,000 ft. elevation.  The property was donated to EOU in 1990 and it has been used as an outdoor classroom by La Grande High School, LG Middle School and EOU since then.

We will meet in the Badgley Hall parking lot on the west side of the building along 6th Ave. at 2:00 PM and caravan up.  You may meet us up there if you know the way.  We'll meet at the top gate on the east side of Glass Hill Road.  Glass Hill Road becomes quite rough after a couple of miles, so vehicles should have reasonable clearance.  If the weather stays dry, you shouldn't need 4-wheel drive to make the trip.  Driving time is approximately 25 minutes each way.

We will start at the picnic tables and I'll give a brief description of the natural (and unnatural) history of the area.  Then we can take a short hike around the area - approximately 1 mile on old road bed with no big hills to climb.  The views are spectacular - both south to the Elkhorns and north to Mt. Emily.

Bring a camera, sketchbook, sturdy shoes (no Dean shoes, Dr. Witte, if you come) a water bottle, and a warm jacket. 

Every fall there is always one spectacular day in NE Oregon when the Larch needles turn to gold and begin to rain from the trees.  Friday might be the day.  We won't know unless we go to look. 

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