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.
After decades of debate, deliberations, and disagreements over the fate of Condit Dam, this event is hoped to be a small step for the community toward healing these divisions. In the morning, the celebration begins with low-cost river floats for community members sponsored by Wet Planet Rafting and the outfitters of the White Salmon River. The event continues in the afternoon when community members will the be offered a seat at the table during a community salmon meal, sponsored by Yakama Nation Fisheries at Northwestern Park beginning at 3 pm. Tribal cooks will prepare salmon and fry bread for the community and donations from Trout Lake gardeners and a local orchard. Events at the park start at 2 p.m. and will include an invocation, information booths, a free dinner, and an opportunity to celebrate with other community members.
The White Salmon River Homecoming is sponsored by Friends of the White Salmon River, Wet Planet Rafting, Yakama Nation and Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group. For information or to register for the community float or salmon bake, please visit: whitesalmonriverhomecoming.eventbrite.com. Parking for the afternoon event will be at Wet Planet in Husum, with shuttles offered at regular times throughout day.
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 history on Tract D and the origin of the case by the US Supreme Court recently refused to hear.
A 1972 executive order returned the sacred Pahto mountain to tribal lands, but disputes have continued to arise, including a recent challenge that culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the tribe's standing in April.
Wow. This is a big thing, and so great that the Glenwood students were part of it. Building understanding. Hands on learning. Classic looks on the students' faces as they get up front and personal with lamprey - lamprey are suddenly real.