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Our Wild and Scenic Deschutes River; An Evening w/ Tim Palmer

Photo by Dave Rein

Whaaat! This year marks THIRTY years since the Upper Deschutes River was designated WILD and SCENIC!  Aw yup. Stretches of the Deschutes River, along with other rivers in Oregon, were designated as Wild and Scenic in October 1988.

Of the approximately 3.6 million miles of streams in the US, 12,734 miles (about 0.35%) are protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Oregon has approximately 110,994 miles of river. Of these, 1,916.7 miles (almost 2%) are Wild and Scenic.

Please join us on Monday, April 23rd, to hear Tim Palmer talk about the amazing Wild and Scenic River program, and the rivers that have this esteemed status. Here are some fun facts about the Deschutes River from Tim’s new book.

  • The Deschutes River is the 4th longest in the nation in terms of total miles designated Wild and Scenic. In all, 170 miles of the Deschutes River are designated Wild and Scenic.
  • The Deschutes watershed is 8th in the nation in terms of total miles designated in a single watershed as Wild and Scenic (354 miles total).

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

Date: Monday, April 23rd
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: 10 Barrel Brewing Eastside Bend
Doors open at 6:30 pm. The program begins at 7:00 pm.

Registration Required – please register here.  4-20-18 update:  This event is sold out. 


Thanks to Green Theory for sponsoring this program and supporting the Coalition!
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* Photo credit: Dr. Roderick Frazier Nash, Professor Emeritus, University of California Santa Barbara and author of Wilderness and the American Mind.

 More Central Oregon Wild and Scenic Rivers Programs Coming Soon


Volunteer event: Thinning within the Upper Deschutes Wild and Scenic River Corridor
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 there 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 RSVP to Tom Walker (contact below).
Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Deschutes River (Meet at Camp Abbot Trading Company) (map)
For more information please contact:
Tom Walker, Fisheries Biologist
Deschutes National Forest, Bend/Ft. Rock Ranger District
p: 541-383-4787
c: 541-280-6903

Celebrating 50 Years of Wild & Scenic Rivers with Zach Collier
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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 pm
10 Barrel Brewing Company’s Eastside Banquet Room (map)
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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