Coming this Sunday, October 21st!
Virginia Butler, professor of Anthropology at Portland State will present a special program entitled “13,000 Years of Northwest Fisheries, on Sunday, October 21, at 1 p.m. at the Bradford Island Visitor Center on the Oregon shore of Bonneville Dam.
Dr. Butler will display fish faunal records from over 75 Columbia Basin archaeological sites to show fish abundance and distribution in the River system. This 13,000 year record of the geochemistry analysis of the small ear stones of fish from these sites is a basis for determining Native American fish use throughout the centuries
September 29th Homecoming Celebration went off without a hitch! A huge Thank You to all those who helped make the event such a success. Were you unable to attend the festivities?
Pat Arnold, President of Friends of the White Salmon delivered these remarks:
“We’ll start with a big thank you to all of you for being here, to River Drifters for saving our
bacon at the last minute, to Jaco Klinkenberg, Margaret Neuman, Jeanette Burkhardt, and
Susan Hollingsworth for their awe-inspiring competence, intelligence and good humor. This
event had to happen, but it took these amazing women and the organizations and people
that support them to make it happen.
The public is invited to the White Salmon River Homecoming, a community celebration of the river on September 29th. The event includes an opportunity to experience the river on a raft trip, share a traditional salmon bake meal prepared by Yakama tribal cooks and local gardeners, and hear updates on the removal of Condit Dam and subsequent restoration of the river. This celebration marks the return of the salmon and the beginning of the restoration process.
A great summary of present conditions and future hopes for salmon restoration on the river:
Signs Of Recolonization: Salmon, Steelhead Seen Jumping Falls Above Breached Condit Dam
The excitement continues on the White Salmon river, following the breach of Condit Dam.
Biologists document fish migrating upstream of Condit Dam
Fish swim upstream of Condit Dam after breaching
Taken by Jeanette Burkhardt of Yakama Nation Fisheries on 7/16/12, below is a video still of a Steelhead ‘going for it’ at BZ Falls!
Our monthly board meeting has come and gone and plans are under way for the official opening of the White Salmon River in September! As the August 31st Condit Dam removal date approaches, the Friends of the White Salmon are gearing up to celebrate the river running freely. More to come as plans solidify!
Also wanted to share something from The Friends’ beginnings: an original button from 1976!
The buttons were given to new members when they made their donation and we’re hoping to revive the tradition. We’re working to re-create these buttons and have them available for our members. A big Thank You to Leslie for sharing the button with us!
Some great kayaking action on the White Salmon River courtesy of Jason Rackley: