Sherman County eNews #304


  1. Interactive Lidar Map Reveals Oregon’s Dramatic Landscapes

  2. Sherman Historical Society Dinner, Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years, Nov. 5

  3. 1st Annual Family Caregiver Appreciation Day, Nov. 4

  4. Documentary Gen Silent & a Facilitated Workshop, Oct. 25

  5. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Wildfires & Recovery

  6. Plans and Planning

  7. Oregon Activated 10 Strike Teams to Assist with Raging California Wildfires

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Interactive Lidar Map Reveals Oregon’s Dramatic Landscapes

PORTLAND, Ore. – From mountain peaks to city skylines, Oregon’s dramatic landscapes are revealed with the state’s new interactive lidar map.

Lidar technology offers precise, high-resolution images of the surface of the earth, vegetation, and the built environment. The Lidar Data Viewer interactive map features layers for bare earth, which shows everything above the surface of the earth stripped away; highest hit, which shows a birds-eye view of trees and buildings; and bare earth slope, which shows steepness of slopes.

“With the lidar viewer, you can explore Oregon in an entirely new way,” says Jacob Edwards, who coordinates the Oregon Lidar Consortium for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). “Whether it’s the bare surface of Mount Hood or an overhead look at the buildings of downtown Bend, you’ll see landmarks much differently.”

Lidar has not only revolutionized geologic and natural hazard mapping, says State Geologist Brad Avy, but has become an essential tool for communities.

“By making lidar easy and free to download with the new viewer, the data is more widely accessible for many practical uses, from prioritizing road repairs to identifying dangers like mine shafts when fighting fires,” Avy says.

The viewer also expands the lidar data available for download. Since the Oregon Lidar Consortium (OLC) was formed in 2007, DOGAMI has partnered on collection of lidar data with more than 80 state and federal agencies, Tribes, city and county governments, watershed councils, non-profit organizations, and businesses. The viewer includes lidar data from 18 recent OLC projects covering 15,087 square miles of Oregon, including areas in 31 of Oregon’s 36 counties.

“Ninety-five percent of the newly released lidar coverage is for areas where there was no previous lidar data,” Edwards says. “As more uses for lidar emerge, we’re working with partners to identify areas where having lidar data could meet a critical need.”

The viewer’s launch is happening during Earth Science Week, proclaimed as October 8-14 by Governor Kate Brown. The week’s theme of “Earth and Human Activity” promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet’s natural systems and processes.

Find the Lidar Data Viewer interactive map at:

2. Sherman Historical Society Dinner, Program: Camp Sherman: 100 Years, Nov. 5

m_returnMoro, OR – The Sherman County Historical Society invites you to dinner and a presentation, Camp Sherman: 100 Years, November 5, 2017, at 2pm at the Wasco Events Center in Wasco, Oregon. Special guests of the Camp Sherman Historical Society will share some history on how Camp Sherman came about and how this magical place became a special retreat for some of Sherman County’s early residents. Please RSVP by November 3, 2017, with the Sherman County Historical Society at 541-565-3232. Dinner is $15 per plate and we look forward to seeing you there.

The Sherman County Historical Museum is located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon. For more information call 541-565-3232 or visit our Facebook page and website:

3. 1st Annual Family Caregiver Appreciation Day, Nov. 4

A free day of rest and rejuvenation for family caregivers in the Gorge.

1st Gorge-wide Annual Caregiver Appreciation Day

Saturday, November 4th

The Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place, Hood River, Oregon.

When you care for a chronically ill family member or friend it is easy to forget to take care of yourself. But, as a caregiver, the very best thing you can do for those who depend on you is to take care of yourself. In the morning we will have opportunities for pampering including haircuts, acupuncture, and massages, followed by a lunch and keynote speaker Dr. Elizabeth Eckstrom, and then an afternoon of educational sessions. This event is free to all unpaid caregivers in the Columbia River Gorge. This event is an opportunity for our communities to show our appreciation for unpaid caregivers who give so much of themselves to the people they care for!

If you know of any unpaid caregivers who could benefit from attending this event, please share this registration link with them:

4. Documentary Gen Silent & a Facilitated Workshop, Oct. 25

Gen Silent, an award winning documentary that explores the unique issues facing LGBT older adults.

Wednesday, October 25th from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Hood River Hotel (102 Oak St).

This event is FREE and open to anyone.

The Area Agency on Aging has partnered with Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon, Oregon Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities, Hood River Valley Adult Center, and the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs to screen the movie Gen Silent followed by a facilitated workshop. Gen Silent is an award winning documentary that explores the unique issues facing LGBT older adults. This event is FREE and open to anyone. CEUs are available for administrators of residential care facilities, adult foster homes, assisted living facilities, and memory care facilities. Please spread the word!

5. Sen. Jeff Merkley: Wildfires & Recovery

Oregon.Flat.pole        In Oregon, catastrophic wildfires have burned over 600,000 acres of land — and counting. Especially as we are seeing catastrophic wildfires continue in California, we have a lot more work to do to recover and move forward.

I spoke on the floor last week to urge my colleagues to support funding for the wildfire recovery and prevention that Oregon communities need. While it was a positive start that we were able to secure wildfire funding in the disaster and government spending package that passed in the Senate last month, we have so much more work to do to help our communities recover and reduce the risk of more devastating fires.

One necessary improvement is to end the practice of “fire borrowing,” in which the Forest Service has to raid other agency programs, such as fire prevention activities, to fund suppression costs. If we don’t fix this vicious cycle, then we’re going to have to continue to face increasingly disastrous wildfires that suck up greater and greater amounts of resources. We need to be providing the Forest Service with enough funding to adequately fight fires during wildfire season, without raiding other funds and programs — and the best way to do that is to fund the biggest wildfires like the natural disasters they are.

We also need a surge in emergency funding: to help our communities recover; to restore scorched forest service infrastructure like trails, roads and bridges; and to make our forests more resistant to fires through forest thinning and hazardous fuels reduction.

I recently met with U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke and we talked about the need to end fire borrowing and fight for a surge in emergency funding to both help our communities recover and prevent future fires. In Oregon, 1.6 million acres of forest are already approved for fuels reduction and thinning to make our forests more resistant to wildfire. I’m advocating for the funding to move forward quickly on this work.

Please know I’ll keep fighting to ensure Oregon has the necessary funds to recover from and prevent these devastating wildfires. Right now, our forests are time bombs, waiting to go off. It’s time to get serious about reducing their risk.

6. Plans and Planning

Do you have plans for what you want from life? Do you have a plan for what you want to accomplish in your work? Today, let’s talk about why plans rarely seem to work as we think they will – and why we need them anyway.

Perhaps you have noticed, in the past, that making plans very seldom works. Well, at least not in the exact manner we expect when we write them. We have a goal. We break it down into action steps, and estimate how long each step will take.

But when we achieve the goal, we look back and see that very little actually went exactly as we had planned. Some things took longer, some things took less time; some things were skipped altogether, while other things we never expected required last-minute attention and quick decision-making.

However, without that “faulty” plan, we might never have achieved our goal at all. So even though a lot of plans may not work out the way we expect them to, without them we would wind up stuck in the mud of our own procrastination and lack of direction. Without a plan, it can be very difficult to see if we have made any progress.

When an airplane takes off, the pilot has a detailed plan to govern the trip, and it has been filed with air traffic control. Do you have a plan for getting what you want in life? Do you plan your time day by day, hour by hour, to ensure that you are moving forward toward your goals? Do you put your plans in writing, and adjust them as you go? Do others close to you have an idea where you are going, so that they can be supportive?

If so, good for you! You are more likely to get to where you want to go than those who just fly through life by the seat of their pants, hoping they will make it. But then, you already know that, don’t you? That is why you make plans in the first place. ~The Pacific Institute

7. Oregon Activated 10 Strike Teams to Assist with Raging California Wildfires

Oregon.Flat.poleThe Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal in coordination with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management has activated its Agency Operations Center and 10 strike teams with equipment and personnel to assist with the raging wildfires in California.

California fire officials submitted a request asking for assistance yesterday evening from Oregon and Arizona. The OSFM activated its emergency mobilization plan, sending out the request for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

“Oregon fire agencies have stepped up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year and I am proud that we can return the favor in their time of need.”

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state to state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Oregon county fire defense board chiefs have activated 10 strike teams from the following counties:
Two from Lane County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Linn/Benton counties, Marion County, Clatsop County, Jackson/Josephine counties, Yamhill County, and Klamath/Deschutes counties.

8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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