Firefighter Memorial Trail
The Peavy Arboretum Trail area includes many short trails that are ideal for the casual stroll or a family learning opportunity. The Arboretum has ample parking, several benches and picnic tables, and plant identification markers. A map of Peavy Arboretum and species identification information can be found at: http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/peavy-arboretum. Groups interested in obtaining a guided tour of the Arboretum should contact OSU College Forests staff.
A hiker-only trail just over one tenth of a mile long, Firefighter Memorial Trail offers a peaceful walk through an open meadow in Peavy Arboretum. In the spring and summer, the meadow is bursting with beautiful wildflowers, including camas and lupine. Camas is an important first food for native tribes, while lupine is a species is used for breeding by the endangered Fender's blue butterfly. Enjoy these plants during your visit, but please refrain from picking the flowers so others may enjoy them too! Also located along Firefighter Memorial Trail is a picnic shelter, which is dedicated to all who endeavor to defend forests and their resources from wildfire. Planted around the shelter are nine Willamette Valley ponderosa pines. These pines were planted in honor of the nine Oregonians who were among the fourteen firefighters who lost their lives while battling the South Canyon wildfire in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on July 6, 1994. The picnic shelter offers a covered space to gather and enjoy the beauty of the area. Identification posts with common and scientific names are located in front of trees along this trail. Be sure to watch out for poison oak along the trail!
Trail description by: Oregon State University College of Forestry