Molalla River Alliance kicks off Discovery Series on the Molalla River

The Molalla River Alliance is kicking off a Molalla River discovery series week. The series is entitled THE MOLALLA RIVER…….More Than Meets The Eye: A Discovery Series: Field Trips on the Molalla River. The Opening Night on Thursday, March 17th will take place in Molalla at the Molalla Adult Community Center (315 Kennel Ave, Molalla) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m and is called ““Rivers and Their People:  A Confluence”. This fast-paced evening will feature keynote presentations by two Estacada-raised speakers, noted author Robin Cody, and Mike Houck, Executive Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute. There will also be multi-media narrations previewing each of the three upcoming field trips on the birds and plants, geology and early history, and fish and water of the Molalla River to take place during the summer months of 2011.  These will be presented by the guides / speakers of these trips. I will be helping to lead the fish and water field trip to take place in September!

This evening and the forthcoming field trips are a great way to get to know more about the Molalla River, which American Rivers and the Molalla River Alliance have been working for two years to get designated as a Wild and Scenic River. The Molalla River is the drinking water source for the cities of Canby and Molalla and provides habitat for several salmon species and other fish. Just under a month ago legislation was reintroduced in Congress by Congressman Kurt Schrader and Senators Wyden and Merkley to protect 22 miles of the river as Wild and Scenic. The bill was cosponsored by Congressmen Blumenauer, DeFazio, and Wu.

The Alliance has done a great job in engaging the local community with the river, and this series will hopefully continue that stewardship ethic. Please feel free to join on March 17th. Details can be found on the Alliance website for the Opening Night and field trips: