Columbia River BasinExpedition


Expedition Itinerary, Sept. 10–30, 2011

Sept. 10: NEW YORK NY – SEATTLE WA

Alison Jones flying from NYC to Seattle.
Site Visit: Budd Inlet of Puget Sound
Overnight: Olympia WA.

Sept. 11, 12, 13: OLYMPIA WA

Interviews: Hal Beecher, PhD, Habitat Mgmt. Program, Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife; Susie Vanderburg, Environmental Educator, WET Science Center.
Site Visits: 5th Avenue Salmon Passage (twice); Heritage Park Fountain, Olympia; Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge; WET Science Center (twice); Port of Olympia timber lots; Boston Harbor Marina on Budd Inlet.
Overnights: Olympia WA.

Sept. 14: OLYMPIA WA to PORT ANGELES WA

Site Visits: Sapsop and Wynochee River Basins; Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge; Lake Quinault, Olympic National Forest; Kalaloch and Ruby Beaches; Crescent Lake, Olympic National Park.
Overnight: Port Angeles WA.

Sept. 15 and 16: PORT ANGELES WA, OLYMPIC NP;
ELWHA RIVER SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM, PENINSULA COLLEGE

Thursday, Sept. 15: Scientists from across the US gave oral and poster presentations about their ongoing studies of the Elwha River ecosystem. From fisheries and wildlife to geomorphology and sediment transport, discussions centered on the terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems of the Elwha. Dr. James R. Karr of the University of Washington provided the keynote address.
Poster Session.
Taped Evening Lecture: Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia founder and Conservationist.
Met with: Timothy Kieron O’Mahony, PhD, Univ. of Washington, LIFE Center.
Overnight: Port Angeles WA.

Friday, Sept. 16: Scientists, resource managers, and the public listened to leaders of the scientific community discuss the meaning and opportunities of the Elwha River Restoration Project. Confirmed invited speakers included:
Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, The John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment; Dr. Tom Quinn, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, University of Washington and author of Pacific Salmon and Trout; Dr. Dave Montgomery, Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, and author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations; Dr. Martin Doyle, Professor of River Science and Policy at the Nicholas School, Duke University.
Met with: Robert S. Young, PhD, Coastal Geologist, Western Carolina University.
Site Visit: Cruise from Port Angeles Harbor to the mouth of the Elwha River with local scientists discussing the near shore zone and coastline of the Elwha River Basin.
Overnight: Port Angeles WA.

Sept. 17: PORT ANGELES WA, OLYMPIC NP: ELWHA DAM REMOVAL

10:00–2:00: Live Streaming of Dam Removal in Media Center.
Interview: Dian Schostak, Exec. Director of Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau.
Site Visits re Dam Removal: Port Angeles City Pier, Elwha Dam Removal Ceremony & Stewardship Exhibits; Dam Viewing Site, and Lower Elwha River Road Bridge and bend in river, to photo spawning salmon.
Met with: American Rivers Board Members and Staff: Amy Kober, Andrew Fahland, Liz Hennrikus, Gordon Philpott.
Overnight: Port Angeles.

Sept. 18: PORT ANGELES WA, OLYMPIC NP

Event: Nature Bridge Tour to Madison Falls and other Lower Elwha River sites.
Met with: Nancy Bluestein Johnson, Prog Mgr Huxley College of Environment, Western Washington Univ. on Elwha Watershed bird populations; David Graves, National Parks Conservation Assoc, NW Prog. Mgr.
Site Visits re Dam Removal: Elwha River Basin, Estuary and Dam Overlook; Port Angeles City Pier, Elwha Dam Removal Stewardship Agency Exhibits; Hurricane Ridge Road; Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Center; Elwha River Estuary.
Overnight: Port Angeles.

Sept. 19: PORT ANGELES WA to SILVER LAKE WA (via Olympia)

Site Visits: Hood Canal Watershed: Dosewallups and Duckabush Rivers, Hoodsport Power Plant; Cowlitz River Basin: Mayfield and Mossyrock Dams, Hopkins Hill view of Mount St. Helen, lower slopes of Mt. Rainier.
Overnight: Silver Lake WA.

Sept. 20: SILVER LAKE WA to MOUNT SAINT HELENS WA

Site Visits: Toutle River Watershed: Silver Lake, Sediment Retention Structure, Hoffstadt Bluffs and Creek, Johnson Ridge Observatory at Mt St. Helens, South Coldwater Creek, confluence of Toutle and Green Rivers.
Met with: Norm Vader, Johnson Ridge Observatory volunteer re: Mt. St. Helens Story.
Overnight: Toutle WA.

Sept. 21: SILVER LAKE WA to LONG BEACH WA

Site Visits: Cowlitz River Basin: Gerhart Gardens Park, East Longview; Cowlitz County Landfill, Longview; Lower Columbia Estuary: Port of Longview; Willow Grove Beach; Stella; Abernathy Creek; Cathlamet Harbor, Elochoman River; Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer and Steamboat Slough; Grays River and Deep River; Meglar Harbor.
Overnight: Long Beach.

Sept. 22: LONG BEACH WA

Site Visit: Lewis and Clark monuments in Long Beach with Lotsie Clark Holton. Met with: Lewis and Clark historians: Bud Clark, Roger Wendlick, Jim Sayce.
Overnight: Long Beach.

Ray Gardner

Tribal Chairman Ray Gardner wearing a traditional Chinook rain hat at the Canoe Reparation Ceremony.

Sept. 23 and 24: LONG BEACH WA: CLARK-CHINOOK CEREMONIES

“Let the Healing Begin” — The Clark Event 2011
Clark-Chinook Ceremonies: A Reparation Ceremony celebrating the William Clark family’s gift of a canoe replicated to replace one stolen in 1806 by the Lewis and Clark expedition from the Clatsop Chinook Nation.
Organizer: Eve Pearlmutter.
Interviews: Ray Gardner and Chinook Elders; Lotsie and Rick Holton and other Clark Family members; Lewis and Clark Expedition historians: Bud Clark, Roger Wendlick, Jim Sayce.

Friday, Sept. 23:
Site Visits: Tour of the Chinook Tribal Lands and Lewis & Clark Historic Sites.
Tour guides: Peyton ‘Bud’ Clark who portrayed Capt. Wm. Clark in Lewis & Clark Bicentennial 2003-2006; Ray Gardner, Tribal Chairman for the Chinook Indian Nation; Jim Sayce, Liaison, Lewis and Clark NP & Washington State Historical Soc.; Roger Wendlick, Historian in Lewis & Clark History and US Fur Trade era.
7:30 pm: Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Clark-Chinook Indian Nation Get-Together to discuss the history of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and its effects on the culture and lifestyle of the Northwest Nations during and in the years after the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Overnight: Long Beach.

Saturday, Sept. 24:
Canoe Reparation Ceremony at Fort Columbia.
Canoe Naming Ceremony.
Ft. Columbia: with Bud Peyton Clark and Sam Robinson, Vice Chairman of Chinook Nation.
Traditional Chinook Potlatch Feast at Chinook Ceremonial Grounds.
Overnight: Long Beach.

Sept. 25: LONG BEACH WA to PORTLAND OR, via ASTORIA WA

Oregon visits: Ports of Ilwaco and Chinook; Chinook River; Chinook’s Middle Village.
Washington Visits: Astoria; Wolf Bay Wetlands; Svensen’s Island
Overnight: Portland.

Sept. 26, 27: PORTLAND OR

Interviews: Alexa Pengelly, EcoTrust; Jack Graham, Nature Photographer; Gary Braasch, ILCP Conservation Photographer of Climate Change.
Site Visits: Portland NW, constructed wetlands urban park; Powells’s Bookstore for Pacific NW references.
Overnight: Portland.

Sept. 28: Return from PORTLAND OR to NEW YORK NY

Site Visit: Tanner Spring Park, Portland.
Return to NYC.