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Salmon festival set at Multnomah Falls

The third annual Salmon Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Multnomah Falls, on East Historic Columbia River Highway.

The celebration is free and will focus on children, but displays and information are geared to all ages.

Students and staff members from the geography, biology and fisheries departments at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham will serve as guides. Native American storyteller Ed Edmo will share some entertaining fish tales.

The college and the U.S. Forest Service host the festival. A number of organizations will be on hand to distribute information about fish and environmental issues.

'The site at Multnomah Falls … offers easy access to the creek and views of spawning salmon,' says Chris Gorsek, dean of the college's social science division. '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.'

For more information, call Gorsek at 503-491-7321 or Nicole Lund, forest service manager at the Multnomah Falls visitor center, at 503-695-2372.