Wild and Scenic Photo Contest
Nov
15
to Oct 1

Wild and Scenic Photo Contest

Submit your photos of Wild and Scenic Rivers in Central Oregon for your chance to win great prizes and to have your photos featured at our culminating celebration at Worthy Brewing Company.  One first-place winner will be selected to receive a $100.00 REI gift card, one second-place winner will be selected to receive a rafting package with Sun Country Tours, and one third-place winner will be selected to receive a Discover Your Forest membership. See a photo you like? You can vote for you favorite beginning January 1st, 2018 until November 1st, 2018. Users are limited to one vote for the entirety of the contest. For more details visit: discoveryourforest.org/wsr50-photo-contest/

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Every River Tells a Story
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Every River Tells a Story

2018 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Our public land agencies and local nonprofits are coming together to raise awareness for a cause that’s important to all of us, our rivers.

Join us on Saturday, June 30, 2018 for our family friendly celebration, Every River Tells a Story. Families will have an opportunity to learn about our local rivers, water and its importance to people and our natural environment. Hands on activities will include, how scientists measure quality of water, how tiny bugs can serve as indicators of water quality, importance of wetlands and basic water science fun.

Program is free and open to all ages

RSVP to karen.gentry@discovernw.org

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22nd Annual Deschutes River Clean-Up
Jul
28
9:00 AM09:00

22nd Annual Deschutes River Clean-Up

The Deschutes River Clean-Up is a special day for watershed stewards of all ages to give back to the river. The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council coordinates the Deschutes River Clean-Up each year to engage business partners, river users, and community members in hands-on stewardship activities on the Deschutes River.  Recreation use of the river has increased dramatically over the past few years and, unfortunately, so too has the amount of debris that ends up in the river. 

Volunteers will meet at Riverbend Park. River clean-up activities will take place in the Deschutes River and along its riparian areas between Slough Campground and Drake Park. 

For more information click here

Questions?Contact kmiller@restorethedeschutes.org |

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Pickin' & Paddlin'
Jun
20
5:00 PM17:00

Pickin' & Paddlin'

WSR50 Partners will be joining our friends over at Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe to celebrate all things river at Pickin’ & Paddlin.’ A family friendly concert series and canoe/kayak demo event with live bluegrass music, quality food carts, darn tasty beverages and of course all of your closest river friends on the grassy banks of the Deschutes River.

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Hops & Maps
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Hops & Maps

Drink beer, read maps, share stories, and celebrate 50 years of Wild & Scenic Rivers with an extra-special Hops & Maps.

For a $10 donation to Discover Your Forest, you'll get a Silipint, 10 Barrel Brewing Company beer, and a raffle ticket for awesome prizes including a Tentsile Tree Tent, a guided fly fishing trip for two on the Crooked River from River Runner Outfitters, kayak lessons and free tube rentals from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, and camping gear from REI.

Water trail maps and paddle guide books will be provided to show and tell your favorite paddling routes (though maybe not all of them!) while you sip ice cold beer and meet like-minded outdoor folks.

All Tree Tents and hammocks will be 20% off for the night.

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2018 Springs to Sprouts: River to Farm Field Trip by Coalition for the Deschutes
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

2018 Springs to Sprouts: River to Farm Field Trip by Coalition for the Deschutes

2018 Springs to Sprouts: River to Farm Field Trip

Please join us for our 2nd Annual "Springs to Sprouts: River to Farm Field Trip," a day-long field trip to explore the Upper Deschutes River and learn about the farmers who depend on it.

We’ll begin our exploration of the Deschutes River at Dillon Falls and the Ryan Ranch wetlands. Our next stop will be at one of the canals in Bend. From there we'll visit a farm east of Bend where we'll have lunch, go for a hay ride to see the farm, keep up our learning and chatting, and have fun!

Transportation and food will be provided.

Springs to Sprouts is a collaborative effort of the Coalition for the Deschutes, the High Desert Educational Agricultural ToursHigh Desert Food and Farm Allianceirrigation districts of Central Oregon, and Central Oregon Seed, Inc.

Register Here

 

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Deschutes Brewery: Wild & Scenic Rivers 50th Anniversary Celebration
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Deschutes Brewery: Wild & Scenic Rivers 50th Anniversary Celebration

Join us at our Bend Public House to celebrate the release of a beer brewed specifically to honor the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, Riverbank Bock!

Featuring eccentric jams from a Deschutes Brewery favorite, Bony Chanterelle. This brew and the tunes from this trio will no doubt make for no ordinary Thursday! Free admission and all ages are welcome.

Riverbank Bock IBU: 40 | ABV 7.8% – Cleaner lager, malt forward with balanced bitterness, light notes of toast with a slightly herbal finish. This Bond Street Exclusive was brewed by Robin Johnson with the ruggedly beautiful scenery of our namesake in mind. 

2018 marks the 50 year anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. Oregon has over 1,900 river miles designated as wild & scenic. We hope you join us at this celebration to come together and raise awareness for a cause that is important to us all, our rivers.

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Fancy Plants: Native or Not? by Coalition for the Deschutes
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Fancy Plants: Native or Not? by Coalition for the Deschutes

Fancy Plants: Native or Not?

If you've been wondering, "What's that flower I'm seeing when I'm out on a trail?" then this is the talk for you.

Join botanists from the Deschutes National Forest for a flower-full discussion about native plants. Then we'll get into the weeds and learn about species that thrive here but are invasive.

Program from 6:30 - 7:30 pm; Door at 6:00 pm.

Trinity Episcopal Church - St. Helens Hall

231 NW Idaho Ave

Bend, OR 97701

Sand Lily. Photo by Marilynne Keyser

Please register here

 Oregon Sunshine by  native plant guide  author, Marilynne Keyser.

Oregon Sunshine by native plant guide author, Marilynne Keyser.

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Wild and Scenic Saison Release Party  - Wild Ride Brewing
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Wild and Scenic Saison Release Party - Wild Ride Brewing

Be among the first to try Wild and Scenic Saison  at the Wild Ride Tap Room.  A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Discover Your Forest.  Free admission and all ages are welcome.

Wild and Scenic Saison (IBU: 10 | ABV 4.6%) is a modification of a classic Belgian style beer, but with a deeper amber color.  Notes of dark cherry and biscuit help to make this beer approachable, while allowing the yeast character to blend the flavors together

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Upstream
May
18
5:30 PM17:30

Upstream

Upstream is the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council’s annual fundraiser for their environmental education programs which takes thousands of Central Oregon students out to explore and learn about the Deschutes River. This unique event will be held at beautiful Brasada Ranch and will feature a delicious catered dinner, an inspiring student presentation, and a distinctive silent auction.

Join us and purchase your ticket or table today!
Tickets: $80
Tables for 8 guests: $600

Questions?
Contact kmiller@restorethedeschutes.org | 541.382.6103 #33

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RiverFeast Dinner & Auction
May
12
5:30 PM17:30

RiverFeast Dinner & Auction

Deschutes River Conservancy's Annual RiverFeast & Auction

The RiverFeast Dinner & Auction supports the restoration work of the Deschutes River Conservancy. Join us on May 12, 2018 for a delightful evening of irresistible food, spirits, and music. Bid on exclusive adventures and experiences, custom art and other wonderful packages. Help us restore Central Oregon's beautiful rivers at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon's stunning event space. Music by Coyote Willow kicks off at 5:30. 

Click here for ticket information. 

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Wildfires and Wild Rivers – Whychus Overlook Walk and Talk
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Wildfires and Wild Rivers – Whychus Overlook Walk and Talk

  • • Whychus Overlook, Three Creeks Road, Sisters Ranger District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In celebration of 50 years of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Bjarne Holm Speaker Series, of the Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) is hosting a Walk and Talk at the Whychus Overlook on Saturday, May 12.  Partners from the Deschutes National Forest – Sisters Ranger District, including specialists in fire, ecology, and wildlife will lead a guided walk at 10 am, exploring the wild river and wildfires in our collective “backyard”. Forest Service specialists will explain what we see in views of the 2017 Milli Fire and the 2009 Rooster Rock Fire and discuss recent and planned projects to reduce wildfire risks. Trail stewards from STA will discuss how we keep the “wild” in Whychus Creek Wild and Scenic River for present and future generations and how to build citizen stewardship by working with partners.

To participate in the Wildfires and Wild Rivers Whychus Overlook Walk and Talk, please register at http://sisterstrails.wildapricot.org/event-2854334 . The event is free and open to the public.

The guided walk will take place on the barrier free Whychus Overlook Trail (1 mile loop) with a brief descent into the area burned by the 2010 Rooster Rock Fire. The walk begins at 10am at the Whychus Overlook Parking area.

We encourage you to carpool, to dress for the weather with sturdy hiking footwear and to bring binoculars, water and snacks.  For more information, please contact The Sisters Trails Alliance at 541-719-8822 or chair@sisterstrails.org.

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High Desert Museum Kids Curate Wild and Scenic Crooked River Exhibit
May
3
to Jun 3

High Desert Museum Kids Curate Wild and Scenic Crooked River Exhibit

Kids Curate, is an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The artwork displayed in the exhibit was  created by fifth-grade students from Crooked River Elementary School in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management and the High Desert Museum. The exhibit explores the natural and cultural history of the Crooked River Canyon through the eyes of the students.

 The students worked side-by-side with museum curators throughout the school year, merging science and art as they investigated how the Crooked River is connected to the watershed surrounding it. Through hands-on lessons, field trips and lectures, they developed an understanding of the area and in turn, learned how to communicate their findings, integrating written information with visual, artistic representation on each of four interpretive panels.

The panels, which are featured in the museum’s exhibition through June 3, will be permanently placed by the BLM along the Wild and Scenic portion of the Lower Crooked River in the fall.

If you aren't able to visit the beautiful exhibit while it's on display at the museum, come see the students' interpretive panels on the Wild and Scenic Crooked River south of Prineville this fall.  

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Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy by Coalition for the Deschutes
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy by Coalition for the Deschutes

"There is magic in rivers and in the camera and pen of Tim Palmer."*

Join acclaimed photographer and author Tim Palmer as he inspires us with stories and shares his awarding winning photos with us.

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Upper Deschutes River being designated Wild and Scenic and the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. 

Tim will reveal the history and essential policies of this unique program and showcase spectacular photos of Wild and Scenic rivers from all parts of the country.

Tim Palmer is the author and photographer of 26 books about rivers, the environment, and adventure travel. As a writer, citizen conservationist, and environmental planner he has been involved in the Wild and Scenic Rivers system almost since its founding.

*Dr. Roderick Frazier Nash, Professor Emeritus, University of California Santa Barbara and author of Wilderness and the American Mind.

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High Desert Speaker Series: Celebrating 50 Years of Wild & Scenic Rivers with Zach Collier
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

High Desert Speaker Series: Celebrating 50 Years of Wild & Scenic Rivers with Zach Collier

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Company’s Eastside Banquet Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The final High Desert Speaker Series event features river guide and rafting company owner Zach Collier. Zach started dreaming about paddling all 58 of Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rivers when he moved to Oregon in 2007. With the Wild and Scenic Act marking its 50th anniversary in 2018, his quest took on an approaching deadline. Hear about the highs, the lows, and the flows from his adventures on Oregon’s high desert rivers.  

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m.

Pre-registration is required. Register now!

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Volunteer Event: Thinning Within the Upper Deschutes Wild and Scenic River corridor
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Event: Thinning Within the Upper Deschutes Wild and Scenic River corridor

  • Deschutes River (Meet at Camp Abbot Trading Company) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Forest Service staff for a volunteer opportunity to give back to our rivers!

Volunteers will hand thin small conifer trees within willow stands near the Deschutes River to improve the vigor of the willows, which offer habitat for a variety of bird and mammal species.  The crew will also handpile the trees. 

Volunteers will meet at Camp Abbott Trading Company, 56820 Venture Lane, Sunriver.  We may carpool from their depending on how many folks show up.  Meet at 10 am, be done working at 1 pm. 

Volunteers must sign a volunteer agreement and MUST RSPV to Tom Walker (contact below).

For more information please contact:

Tom Walker
Fisheries Biologist

Forest Service

Deschutes National Forest, Bend/Ft. Rock Ranger District

p: 541-383-4787 
c: 541-280-6903 
f: 541-383-4755 
tawalker@fs.fed.us

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Ochoco Creek In Stream Cleanup
Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

Ochoco Creek In Stream Cleanup

The Rotary Club of Crook County is teaming up with Crook County Parks and Recreation, SOLVE, Crook County, Prineville Disposal, and Ochoco Brewing Company to do an in stream cleanup of Ochoco Creek before high water hits. Ochoco Creek is a tributary to the Crooked River, a designated Wild and Scenic River here in Central Oregon.

We need your help! Volunteers are needed to do a thorough instream and bankside cleanup on March 24th. Our reach of Ochoco Creek to cleanup is the 3rd Street Bridge to Gardner Street, within the city of Prineville. More volunteers means we may expand our reach outside of the City. Due to the complexities of working in the creek, no one under 18 will be allowed to be in the Creek itself.

Here are a few things to know:

  • Registration will begin at noon at Pioneer Park (next to the Court House on 3rd Street and Elm street), and cleanup work will start at 1:00 p.m.
  • Volunteers will work in teams of four, with two people staged on the bank in support and safety of those working in stream. Form your team now!
  • Each team will be assigned a section to focus on. We anticipate it will take about 2 hours to thoroughly clean a section.
  • Trash bags, pickers and latex gloves will be provided.
  • Bring rubber or other boots with traction for muddy and wet bank conditions, waders and neoprene gloves for those doing instream work, warm clothes, sunscreen, hat, eye protection/sunglasses, walking or wading stick for support.

The reach of Ochoco Creek we plan to clean up is from the 3rd Street Bridge to Gardner Street Bridge. If we get enough volunteers, we will expand east to Combs Creek Road and the Ochoco Lumber Company property, and northwest to the confluence with the Crooked River.

After the cleanup, we'll meet at Ochoco Brewing Company to celebrate our success. There will be complimentary finger foods and happy hour pricing on the brews.

For more information contact Carol Benkosky at carolbenkosky@gmail.com

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The Upper Deschutes River: ​Central Oregon's Treasure
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

The Upper Deschutes River: ​Central Oregon's Treasure

  • The Juniper Room at Crooked River Ranch (map)
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Gail Snyder, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Coalition for the Deschutes, will share the Upper Deschutes River of the past and the condition of the river today. From angling to agriculture, from aesthetics to energy, our river is many things to many people. Yet there is a single motif that weaves together all the demands we make of the river – that is, our river is in trouble

Registration opens Feb. 17th 2018

Event is free for FAN members, $3 for non-members at the door

For more information and where to registers click here

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Lessons from Lostine River
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Lessons from Lostine River

  • Trinity Episcopal Church - St. Helens Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Prior to 2005, Lostine River in northeast Oregon frequently ran dry in late summer, leaving threatened Chinook salmon without passage to critical spawning grounds. Since then, The Freshwater Trust has worked collaboratively with nearly 100 irrigators to restore critical in-stream flows that support this iconic species and the local agricultural economy. Recently, the organization partnered with a local landowner to increase irrigation efficiency on nearly 900 acres of traditionally flood-irrigated land. Rob Kirschner, General Counsel to The Freshwater Trust, will present on the past, present, and future of these cooperative efforts, and offer insights on how conservation groups and irrigators can work together to restore Oregon’s streams.

Following Rob’s presentation, Natasha Bellis with the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) will talk about DRC's partnership with Central Oregon Irrigation District on a Bureau of Reclamation water marketing grant, and how this effort will incorporate some of the same basic principles used in the Lostine deal to share water between irrigation, river, and municipal interests.

Admission is free; donations accepted at the door.

Join the Coalition for the Deschutes as a monthly donor at this event and receive a free book!

NOTE: You do not need to print tickets for this event; we will have a sign-in sheet at the door.

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Upriver Film
Mar
8
4:30 PM16:30

Upriver Film

Discover Your Forest and the Deschutes National Forest will host a movie night at McMenamins Old St. Francis in Bend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

The film is “Upriver” which covers over a dozen ongoing restoration efforts throughout the Willamette valley and features interviews with key scientists, people from the conservation community and landowners.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at
5:30 p.m. Admission $3.00 (at door).

In addition to the film, the filmmaker, Jeremy Monroe, will be speaking about the making of the film and how the rehabilitation of this river has improved the lives of Oregonians. Lisa Machnik, Recreation Staff Officer for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland will also be speaking about the Wild and Scenic Rivers in Central Oregon and the passage of the historic Act.

 

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Taking the River’s Temperature: It’s Not Just Another Number
Feb
25
4:00 PM16:00

Taking the River’s Temperature: It’s Not Just Another Number

  • Oregon State University - Cascades Tykeson Hall, Room 111 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dr. E. Ashley Steel, Ph.D. is a quantitative ecologist and statistician with the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service. Dr. Steel’s research investigates the role of variability in ecological systems. Currently she’s measuring, modeling, and predicting water temperature on river networks. Her work can inform policies and actions for protecting and restoring the health of rivers like the Deschutes.  She will present recent work on:

- understanding and visualizing the complexity of water temperature patterns in rivers;

- capturing the facets of the thermal regime that matter to the fish; 

- experiments and cool math to explain why fish and other aquatic organisms might care about whether the water temperature is stable or fluctuating;

- how humans may be altering aspects of river thermal regimes in ways we don’t understand;

- linking experimental evidence, models, and data collected in rivers to prepare for a changing climate.

Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted at the door.  Click here for tickets. 

NOTE: You do not need to print tickets for this event; we will have a sign-in sheet at the door.

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Celebrating Wild & Scenic Rivers 50th: Spark Community Engagement!
Feb
6
11:00 AM11:00

Celebrating Wild & Scenic Rivers 50th: Spark Community Engagement!

Get inspired by learning how your peers are engaging their communities around the rivers 50th anniversary.

During this free webinar on February 6, the St. Croix River Association (Minnesota/Wisconsin) and Discover Your Forest (Oregon) will share their rivers 50th anniversary program highlights, including insights and tips into their partnerships, events, and outreach planned for 2018. 

For more information and how to register click here.

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United by Water: A Film about Culture, Fish and Water
Jan
30
5:30 PM17:30

United by Water: A Film about Culture, Fish and Water

  • Mountain Room at Deschutes Brewery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

United by Water tells the story of the inspiring journey undertaken by Upper Columbia tribal communities to Kettle Falls, the fishing site of their ancestors, for the first time in 80 years. It is a story about the tribes’ reconnection with their traditions and heritage, and with the river that was once so integral to their way of life.  

For more details and tickets, click on the link (below) to our EventBrite page:

 

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