Tickets are now available online and in the gallery at Columbia Center for the Arts for two upcoming Sense of Place lectures.

March 20, 2019 — Shifting Sand: A Journey Through Time at the Columbia’s Nichols Boat Basin

With Lorri Epstein, Carina Miller and Arthur Babitz (organized by Columbia Riverkeeper)

Once towering with cottonwood trees and cut with braided channels, history has shaped and re-shaped the Hood River’s confluence with the Columbia. Our dynamic waterfront has been inundated by rising waters behind Bonneville Dam, altered with fill, and transformed by industrial activity. Today the waterfront and Nichols Boat Basin offer new opportunities for habitat restoration, education, and community.

Join Gorge Owned for a panel discussion that peels back the layers of time at the former Nichols Boat Basin site and explores the dynamic history of the Columbia River waterfront—and how the past informs the future, March 20th , 7 PM, at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Carina Miller, a dynamic speaker and Tribal Council Member from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, will share stories about how Native Americans used the confluence of the Columbia and Hood rivers for fishing and hunting grounds—and how tribal members continue to exercise treaty rights in the area today.

Former Hood River mayor and amateur historian Arthur Babitz will offer a birds-eye view of the changing waterfront and anecdotes from the lives of people that shaped waterfront’s history. And Columbia Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Director, Lorri Epstein, will present Riverkeeper’s ambitious plans to turn Nichols—a former industrial site—into an outdoor classroom and community-led habitat restoration site. You’ll walk away seeing the Columbia in a whole new light.

Tickets online here and in the gallery at Columbia Center for the Arts.

RESCHEDULE DATE: APRIL 1 — Schemes, Dreams and Teams: a Century-Long Saga to Protect the Columbia Gorge with Kevin Gorman

PLEASE NOTE: This event originally scheduled for February 13 has been rescheduled for April 1 due to winter weather. Tickets purchased for the 2/13 event will be honored at any of the remaining 3 lectures of the season, and are also transferable to another guest. If planning to use previously purchased 2/13 tickets for any lecture other than the 4/01 reschedule, it is important to email so that we may reserve your seat. Thank you!

Over a century ago, new roadways into the Columbia Gorge led to audacious schemes to “improve the scenic holdings of the Columbia Gorge” by building the world’s tallest elevator at Mist Falls and polo grounds atop Devil’s Rest.

Development proposals like these and others eventually led to the creation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. However, the visionaries of the National Scenic Area couldn’t have foreseen the population increases of the Portland area, the explosive growth of outdoor recreation, let alone climate change and wildfire threats.

Join Gorge Owned for a lecture by Friends of the Columbia Gorge’s Kevin Gorman on February 13th April 1, 7 PM at the Columbia Center for the Arts. As we cannot close the door to the Gorge, Friends of the Columbia Gorge Executive Director Kevin Gorman explores steps to protect the beautiful areas we are all drawn to, and think through our impacts as explorers, travelers and stewards.

Can we develop practices to replenish ourselves and the Gorge at the same time? Join Kevin for a dive into history, conflict and how technology might help all of us keep the Columbia Gorge wild and beautiful for generations to come.

Kevin Gorman is the executive director of Friends of the Columbia Gorge and oversees all the activities of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, as well as its land trust, which currently owns 1,400 acres of land. Kevin joined the organization twenty years ago and during his tenure Friends has grown from eight staff and one office to 22 staff and three offices.

Kevin helped lead the $5.5 million Preserve the Wonder campaign to protect nearly 500 acres of land and assisted in created two nonprofits in the Gorge: the Klickitat Trail Conservancy and the Cape Horn Conservancy.

Kevin was previously the associate director of Oregon Natural Resources Council (now Oregon Wild) and has served as board president for both the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts and EarthShare Oregon, a workplace giving organization. Prior to his non-profit adventures, Kevin was the creative director of an advertising agency in Detroit, MI.

Tickets online here and in the gallery at Columbia Center for the Arts.

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