SALMON FESTIVAL PROMISES TO BE FUN AND EDUCATIONAL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
It’s easy to sit back and listen to news broadcasts about the importance of salmon to the ecology, economics and recreation of our region – but it’s downright awe inspiring to watch these fish in the wild, and discover how you can affect their survival.
The general public will have an opportunity to do just that, at the third annual Salmon Festival, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Multnomah Falls. This celebration of salmon and the environment is free and fun for the whole family.
The festival will focus on children, but displays and information will be geared to all ages. Students and staff from the geography, biology and fisheries departments at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will serve as guides. Native American storyteller Ed Edmo will share some entertaining fish tales.
The festival is hosted by MHCC and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). A number of organizations will be on hand to distribute information about fish and environmental issues.
“The site at Multnomah Falls not only has excellent transportation connections and tourist services already in place, it also offers easy access to the creek and views of spawning salmon,” says Chris Gorsek, dean of the MHCC social science division. A gift shop, restaurant and restrooms are located nearby.
Gorsek adds, “While it is good for people to keep current on environmental issues relating to salmon, seeing these fish in the wild makes a much bigger impact. It helps to create a connection between people and these amazing creatures that is more likely to cause individuals to change their behaviors as they relate to environmental quality, in order to help the species to survive.”
Please direct any questions about the Salmon Festival to Gorsek (503-491-7321) or Nicole Lund, USFS manager at the Multnomah Falls visitor center (503-695-2372). For information about classes offered at MHCC, visit mhcc.edu.