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White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium

Posted: 05/27/2009
by Thomas O'Keefe

Brought to you through the efforts of Wet Planet Whitewater and the Headwaters Institute, along with all our other donors and sponsors that make this event possible, this annual event will take place on Saturday May 30th. Check the festival website for additional information. The Headwaters Institute and its associated network of educators strive to be the premier provider of natural history, conservation, and interpretative trainings for professional guides and those who enjoy running rivers. The seminars encourage and promote a deeper public understanding of the importance of healthy rivers and their watershed ecosystems from ridgeline to coastline.

Symposium
The symposium will start at 9 am at the Husumn Fire Station with an update on Condit Dam removal and efforts around the region to restore rivers impacted by hydropower. Presentations on salmon, climate change, wildlife, native plants, human history, and geology will also give participants a comprehensive overview of the ecology and human history of the White Salmon River. The symposium will close with a lunch catered by Cork and Bottle.

River Races
Informal river races will also take place on the Truss and/or Orletta sections and on the Middle and/or Lower. Check the website for details and contact information for coordinators or show up at the symposium to get the details. Courses will be determined closer dependent on the levels.

Evening Party
The evening party will be at Trailhead B+B, Troutlake, WA
$15 (if you have not already paid the $15 for the Riverfest & Symposium) - includes evening food, music and following morning breakfast. Food will be available from 7pm to 9:30pm, BBQ style, thanks in a large part to Next Adventure! This is free for you until either 9:30pm or the food runs out, which ever one comes first. Double Mountain will be providing tasty beverages and "The Quick and Easy Boys" will provide the tunes. There will also be a raffle. Folks are encouraged to camp out.

Symposium $7, Symposium + Watershed Social $15, Watershed Social entry $10, Beverage Wristband $5, Camping $5. Feel free to stop by Wet Planet in the next few days and pre-pay and pre-register for this great event.

Please take note of our list of awesome sponsors that include Wet Planet, our main sponsor, who has also helped organized this event for the past four years, in addition to American Whitewater, AT Paddles, Beneventi's Pizza, Blue Marble Creative, Cork & Bottle, Double Mountain, Fire On The Mountain, Gifford Pinchot Task Force, Girls4Sports, The Headwaters Institute, Immersion Research, Kayak Shed, Kokatat, Level 6, Liquid Kayak, Next Adventures, NRS, OutdoorPlay, Promotion, River Network, Solstice Restaurant, Sundance River Center, Strawberry Mountain Spa, Trailhead BnB, US Forest Service, White Salmon Watershed Management Organization, White Water Cafe, 10 Speed Coffee & many more in the pipeline!

Thomas O'Keefe
3537 NE 87th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 425-417-9012


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