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Taking the River’s Temperature, Muddy Trails, and Upcoming Events

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

Please join us on Sunday, February 25th, for a presentation by Dr. E. Ashley Steel.  Dr. Steel will give us a glimpse into her world as an ecologist with the Pacific NW Research Station. She’ll explain her work exploring the thermal regimes of rivers and why they matter.

What: A presentation by Dr. Ashley Steel about thermal patterns in rivers and why fish and other aquatic life might care
Abstract:  Read here
When: Sunday, February 25th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: OSU-Cascades TYK 111
Why: Because rivers are totally fascinating!
Free. Please register here
Co-hosted with OSU-Cascades

***Muddy Trails: How Not to be a Stuck-in-the-Mud***

As you know, many of our favorite trails are muddy right now. Our footprints add up and can exacerbate bank erosion and vegetation trampling.

The photo below is taken just upstream from the southern end of Bend in the RimRock (aka, Good Dog) reach of the Deschutes River Trail. This area has seen a dramatic increase in trampling and erosion as more people recreate here. The Deschutes Land Trust has this advice to offer about muddy trails:

It might seem early in the season for this, but muddy trails are already upon us! Please help us keep our trails (and the trails around us) from widening and eroding by following these simple steps:

–If you encounter endless mud right away, turn around.
–If you run into an isolated patch of mud or snow, walk through it, not around it.
–If you continue to experience patches of mud or snow, turn around. It’s probably going to get worse, not better.


To learn more about what happens when we use muddy trails and to discover other options when muddy trails change your plans, read the Land Trusts’ blog post.

***Save the Dates for these Upcoming Coalition Programs***

Wildflowers of Deschutes Canyon Area w/ Marilynne Keyser
When: Tuesday, March 6th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: The Environmental CenterLessons from Lostine Creek w/ Rob Kirschner
When: Wednesday, March 14th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, St Helens Hall

Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy w/ Tim Palmer
When: evening of Monday, April 23rd
Where: 10 Barrel Brewing Company Eastside Banquet Room

Getting into the Weeds: Why They Matter and How You Can Help w/ USFS botanists
When: May, date TBD

***Other River-related Programs Coming Up***
The Greatest Good February Lecture – Wild and Scenic Rivers
Lisa Machnik, USFS, will discuss the past, present and future of our Wild and Scenic Rivers.
When: Thursday, February 8th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: OSU-Cascades, DINE Room 204. Parking is free for lecture attendees.
The Greatest Good Lecture Series is presented by the Deschutes National Forest, Discover Your Forest, and OSU-Cascades. For more information, contact Rika at or 541-383-5572.Fall River Forum
What: Roundtable discussion about the future of Fall 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.

The Upper Deschutes River: Central Oregon’s Treasure
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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