Events Listing

“The Greatest Good” Lecture Series (hosted by Deschutes National Forest, Discover Your Forest, and OSU-Cascades)

The Deschutes National Forest, Discover Your Forest, and OSU-Cascades are partnering to offer educational opportunities for OSU-Cascades Students and the public. A lecture series called “The Greatest Good” will feature presentations from land managers and specialists from the Deschutes National Forest on a variety of topics in natural resources.

The lecture Series begins October 2017 and will be held the second Thursday of each month through March of next year.

Each lecture will take place at 4:00 p.m. in OSU-Cascade’s Tykeson Hall Room 207.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information on the lecture series, please contact Rika Ayotte at 541-383-5572.   Also visit the sponsors’ lecture series pages:
Deschutes National Forest

October 12 – Bend-Fort Rock District Ranger Kevin Larkin will discuss the ever-changing meanings we attribute to nature and wilderness and wilderness planning efforts underway on the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests.

November 9 – Wildlife Biologist Lauri Turner will talk about How Human Disturbance Impacts Wildlife from communication barriers to fragmentation and at times even death.

December 14 – Geologist Bart Wills will give a presentation briefly discussing the geology of Newberry, the 40-year geothermal history, the formation of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, some of the difficulties is producing geothermal power, and the most recent geothermal projects.

January 11 – Fisheries Biologist, Jason Wilcox, will provide an overview of current and future Aquatic Invasive Species management considerations on and around the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.

February 8 – Lisa Machnik, Recreation, Partnerships, Lands and Archaeology Staff Officer, will discuss the past, present and future of our Wild and Scenic Rivers as we celebrate 50 Years since the signing of the original legislation.

March 8th – Archaeologist Penni Borghi will present on early Inhabitants of Central Oregon and discoveries at Newberry Caldera and the complexities of archaeological sites in Central Oregon.


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Tim Palmer’s Wild and Scenic Rivers: America’s Legacy (hosted by Juniper Group of Sierra Club)

Join award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer for a slide presentation showcasing some of the 160 spectacular photos from his latest book, Wild & Scenic Rivers: America’s Legacy.

Hosted by Juniper Group of Sierra Club
Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:30 PM social time/snacks, 6:50 program, $5.00 suggested donation.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall Street, Bend,

Join award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer for a slide presentation showcasing some of the 160 spectacular photos from his latest book, Wild & Scenic Rivers: America’s Legacy.
Tim will highlight the world’s premier system for the protection of natural rivers and delve into the history and essential policies of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. Of the approximately 3.6 million miles of streams in the U.S., only 12,734 miles are protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act—a mere 0.35% of the rivers in the U.S.

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Back to the Future: Upper Deschutes Historic Fishery: The Way it Was…and Can Be Again

Back to the Future: Upper Deschutes Historic Fishery: The Way it Was…and Can Be Again

Join former Coalition for the Deschutes board member, Craig Lacy, for a presentation about the Upper Deschutes fishery of decades past.

Monday October 23, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Brooks Room, Bend downtown library
RSVP requested

Bend resident Craig Lacy has been an advocate for wild rivers and wild fish for more than four decades. During the early 1980s, Craig worked as a guide for a flyfishing business out of Sisters. In 1985, he started his own outfitting business, Whitewater and Wild Fish, becoming the first full-time outfitter out of Bend to do extended trips on the Deschutes. The business grew over the years, with seven guides taking flyfishers throughout the area, including the high cascade lakes, the Deschutes and the John Day. In the mid 1980s, Craig served as the Chairman of the original Coalition for the Deschutes, which worked to successfully stop 16 proposed hydro-electric dams on the Deschutes, all of which would have been within 15 miles of Bend. Craig and company succeeded in getting the Deschutes added to the state scenic waterway list, which not only stopped the hydro projects from going forward but also gained long-standing state protection for the river. It also inspired activists from around the state to seek similar protection for their own beloved rivers. In 1987, Craig was named “Oregon Flyfisher of the Year” by the Federation of Flyfishers, primarily because of his conservation work.

In 1995, after 11 years of guiding, Craig decided to give his back a rest and work on a degree in fishery science at Oregon State University. With his degree in hand, Craig began consulting on river issues and has contributed to studies and planning for the Deschutes and Crooked Rivers. More recently, Craig helped launch the “new” Coalition for the Deschutes in 2016.


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The Deschutes River, How Best To Manage? (Hosted by League of Women Voters of Deschutes County)

The League of Women Voters of Deschutes County First Thursday luncheon:

October 5th, 11:00-1:00  Please arrive by 11:00 am if ordering from the menu. The speaker will begin at noon.
Black Bear Diner
The corner of Third and Olney,  1465 NE 3rd St., Bend, 97701  
Everyone is welcome. No RSVP needed.

Margi Hoffman will talk about a draft plan for management of the upper Deschutes River that is being prepared by the Deschutes Basin Board of Control. She will address canal piping by local irrigation districts, small-scale hydropower, stream flows, river health and agricultural water use efficiency.

Margi is a locally based consultant with a decade of experience in energy efficiency and resource conservation. She is currently consulting with the Farmers Conservation Alliance in creating watershed plans for eight Central Oregon irrigation districts that will be called the Central Oregon Irrigation Efficiency Improvement Project.

The river management issue will be introduced by Gail Snyder, Coalition for the Deschutes

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Upper Deschutes River Hydrology (hosted by UDRC)

Coalition for the Deschutes Kayaking upper deschutes river - erosion

USFS hydrologist, Jason Gritzner will speak on the hydrology of the Upper Deschutes River

Hosted by Upper Deschutes River Coalition.
Location: Sunriver Library, 56855 Venture Ln, Sunriver, 97707
When: Thursday, October 19, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

For more information, please contact Monte Dammarell: kmriverhaus@gmail.com

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Long and Winding River – Explore the Headwaters of the Deschutes River

Join the Coalition for the Deschutes for a field trip exploring the Upper Deschutes River.  We’ll visit select locations along the Upper Deschutes River, starting at Wickiup Dam and working our way downstream.

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Perspectives on Lower Deschutes Water Quality (Trout Unlimited sponsored)

The Deschutes Redbands Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites you to a free presentation by Dr. Max Bothwell entitled: “Perspectives on Lower Deschutes Water Quality.” as part of their Annual Meeting.

Sept. 27th 6:00-8:00pm at:   Hollinshead Barn   1235 NE Jones Road, Bend, Oregon 97701

Dr. Bothwell has a wealth of experience in identifying the sources of algal blooms and how to address them. He’s spent his career researching the issue of algal growth in rivers throughout North America including the rivers on Vancouver Island and the Thompson River. He has also been a technical advisor to Biosecurity New Zealand in addressing the “Didymo” threat to their rivers.

His wealth of experience in identifying the sources of algal blooms and how to address them is why we have asked him to attend our Chapter’s general meeting.

Please contact Mike Tripp for more information.

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Lessons from Down Under: What I Learned in New Zealand about Rivers, People, Cows, and Water Management

Join Dr. Jackie Dingfelder for a presentation about her experience as a Fulbright scholar in New Zealand researching their rivers and water management system.

Trinity Episcopal Church, St Helens Hall
231 NW Idaho St, Bend 97701
RSVP is appreciated

Lessons from Down Under:  What I Learned in New Zealand about Rivers, Water Management, and Cows.

Join Dr. Jackie Dingfelder for a presentation about her experience as a Fulbright scholar in New Zealand researching their rivers and water management system.  She will discuss her insights about what works well in New Zealand, what doesn’t, and how it compares to Oregon/US water law and management. What could we learn from New Zealand? What could New Zealand learn from us?

Jackie brings 30 years of environmental planning and policy experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Affairs at Portland State University in the Hatfield School of Government. In 2016, she served as a 2016 Ian Axford/Fulbright public policy fellow researching freshwater reforms and indigenous water rights in New Zealand.

From 2013-2016, Ms. Dingfelder served as the Environmental and Planning Policy Director for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Prior to joining Mayor Hales’ staff, Ms. Dingfelder worked as Executive Director for River Restoration Northwest, Watershed Program Manager at For the Sake of the Salmon, Tualatin River Watershed Coordinator, and as an environmental planning consultant in the private sector for over a decade and a half.

In addition to her professional career, Ms. Dingfelder served in elected public office from 2001-2013 in both the Oregon House and Senate where she chaired the House Energy and Environment Committee and the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. During her tenure, she also served on Senate Judiciary, Ways and Means, Consumer Protection, Transportation, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Audits, and Water Committees.

Ms. Dingfelder has a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning with an emphasis in Water Resources Management from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography-Ecosystems Management from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her Ph.D. dissertation on Integrated Water Resources Management in spring 2017.

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Speaking of Fish and Frogs

Love the Deschutes?   Learn about endangered fish and frog species and how to have your say on efforts to restore a healthy habitat.

Speaking of Fish and Frogs

What do bull trout, steelhead, and Oregon spotted frogs have in common, besides their affinity for water? They are all listed under the Endangered Species Act and are the subjects of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being prepared by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Join USFWS field supervisor, Bridget Moran, for a discussion of the draft EIS being prepared for these and two other species (Chinook salmon and sockeye salmon), and how you can participate in the public process.

Bridget Moran is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Field Supervisor for the USFWS Bend Field Office. Bridget manages a team of seven biologists out of the Bend field office where she works with other federal agencies and private landowners to conserve and recover endangered species. She welcomes the opportunity to talk with those interested in spotted frog conservation and the restoration of the Deschutes River.

Click here for info about the ESA/NEPA process and here for lots more!

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Join the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council for the Deschutes River Clean-Up

The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is offering this special day for stewards of all ages to get their hands dirty and feet wet! Help clean up the river we all love. Volunteers will help remove invasive weeds from the riverbanks as well as debris in and along the river. Bring a kayak or paddle board if you would like to help transport garbage in the river collected by the divers.

Contact Kolleen at kmiller@restorethedeschutes.org or 541.382.6103 #33 for more information.

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