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A River and its Ranchers; A Joke (help us!); More March events

A rancher and a river advocate walked into a bar. The bartender said, “______.”
Please send us your punchline to this joke!  More information below.

If you’re wondering if we really can solve river issues collaboratively, then please join us for a real-life example of this work being done in eastern Oregon.

Details of this, and more March events below.
The confluence of Lostine and Wallowa Rivers, by Rob Kirschner
Lessons from Lostine River:  A Story about Ranchers and a River
Prior to 2005, the 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. Rob Kirschner 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.

Bringing it local, the Deschutes River Conservancy’s Natasha Bellis will discuss DRC’s partnership with Central Oregon Irrigation District to incorporate some of the same water market principles for sharing water among irrigation, river, and municipal interests.

When: Wednesday, March 14th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, St Helens Hall
Free: Your registration is appreciated
Thanks to the Deschutes River Conservancy for their support for this program!
***More March River-related Programs***
Basin Study Open Houses
The Basin Study Open Houses are an opportunity to learn more about how water works in our watershed. How can tools like piping irrigation canals, increasing water use efficiency, and using market-based incentives to trade water-use rights help restore our rivers? Attend one of these open houses to find out:–Sunriver, March 5, 1-3 p.m. Hosted by the Sunriver Anglers
Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic Recreation Center (SHARC)
57250 Overlook Road Sunriver, OR 97701
–Bend, March 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Bend Parks and Recreation District Office
799 SW Columbia Street, Bend, OR 97702
Madras, March 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
The Inn at Cross Keys Station
66 NW Cedar Street, Madras, OR 97741Fall River Forum
What: Roundtable discussion about the future of Fall River and its fishery.
Fall River is among the most popular natural attractions in Deschutes County. Long a mecca for fly anglers, it is also becoming increasingly popular for hikers and mountain bikers. This roundtable discussion will provide a brief history of the river and an opportunity to hear from resource managers, land managers, and conservation groups about what they see as the future of the river and its fishery.
When: Thursday, March 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: High Desert Museum
Sponsored by the Trout Unlimited Deschutes Redbands Chapter.

“Upriver” – Movie Night
What: The film “Upriver” is about ongoing restoration efforts throughout the Willamette valley and features interviews with key scientists, people from the conservation community, and landowners.
When: Thursday, March 8. Door at 4:30 pm; presentation 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: McMenamins Old St. Francis
Presented by Discover Your Forest and the Deschutes National Forest. Click here for more details.

The Upper Deschutes River: Central Oregon’s Treasure
What: From angling to agriculture, from aesthetics to energy, the Deschutes River is many things to many people. Gail Snyder, Co-Founder of the Coalition for the Deschutes, will discuss the Upper Deschutes River of the past, the condition of the river today, and how we can work together to solve problems.
When: Saturday, March 17, 4:00 pm
Where: Crooked River Ranch, The Juniper Room
More information at FANs of Deschutes Canyon Area

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