Oklahoma Foresters Offer a Walk in the Forest at Turkey Mountain

Ready to get outside and enjoyfall?  Hikers and walkers of all levels are invited to join foresters fromacross the state for the annual “Walk in the Forest” event held at TurkeyMountain Urban Wilderness Area in southwest Tulsa from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. onOctober 22. Foresters and natural resource professionals from across the statewill be stationed along the trail to provide information about the forest,which is located in Tulsa’s backyard.  There will additionally be specialactivities for kids at each station.

“This really is a great opportunity to plan a fun day outdoors with friends and family,” said George Geissler, director, Oklahoma Forestry Services.  “Foresters enjoy being on hand to answer your questions and tell you about all of the benefits that our Oklahoma forests provide, some of which may surprise you.”

 Hikers should dress appropriatelyfor the weather and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.  The Walk in theForest will take about an hour if participants stop at each educationalstation. Kids will receive a special booklet with activities to do along theway and prizes for completing them.  Participants will receive a loblollypine seedling and other giveaways while supplies last.  

The Walk in the Forest program ispart of a national campaign coordinated by the Society of American Foresters(SAF) and the American Forest Foundation. The Oklahoma walk is being hosted bythe Oklahoma Division of SAF, in partnership with Oklahoma Forestry Services;Oklahoma State University (OSU) Department of Natural Resource Ecology andManagement; the OSU Student SAF Chapter; and the City of Tulsa’s River ParksAuthority.  Event sponsors include Weyerhaeuser Company, InternationalPaper, Winlectric and the Oklahoma Forestry Association.

For more information about theWalk in the Forest, contact Oklahoma Forestry Services at 405-522-6158 or visitwww.forestry.ok.gov.   Forinformation and directions to Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area,visit  www.turkeymtn.com.