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Hike in for a hootenanny on the Delta

Artists and conservation groups explore history, restoration of Sandy River Delta

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: THE CONFLUENCE PROJECT - A volunteer helps plant trees during a restoration work party on the Sandy River Delta.Pack a picnic dinner and hike through the Sandy River Delta on Saturday, July 19, for a good ol' fashioned hootenanny, hosted by the Confluence Project and local conservation groups.

A walking tour leaves the Sandy River Delta parking lot at 4 p.m. Hikers can expect to trek about a half mile to the picnic site. The entire hike totals about three miles.

Led by representatives of the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and the Confluence Project, the tour will explore forest and wetland restoration projects on the delta and a visit to artist Maya Lin's bird blind installation.

“We want more people to know about the delta, its history and vibrant future as an extraordinary regional center of biodiversity and community health,” said Steve Wise, executive director of the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: THE CONFLUENCE PROJECT - Mountain Honey will perform after a hike on the delta Saturday, July 19.Live bluegrass music will be provided by Mountain Honey, and Scott Poole, house poet for Oregon Public Broadcasting's LIVE Wire, will read poetry focused on the Columbia River.

Performances will take place from 6-8 p.m.

Folks joining are also asked to bring stories they'd like to share about the Sandy River habitat.

Oral histories will be collected by the watershed council to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Sandy River's record 1964 “Christmas Flood.”

Participants should come prepared to record their memories of the event, and share any written or photographic records.

“Stories are what the Confluence Project is all about,” said Colin Fogarty, executive director of the Confluence Project.

A collaboration of Pacific Northwest tribes, local civic groups, artist Maya Lin, architects and landscape designers, Confluence's mission is to create spaces that promote the history, culture and ecology in the Columbia River region.

The delta's bird blind is one of six public art pieces the Confluence Project plans to install along the Columbia River.

Saturday's Hootenanny is also sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, which owns the delta, as well as Friends of the Sandy River Delta and Friends of the Trees.

Funding for the event was provided by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

Managed by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the Sandy River Delta is a multi-use recreation year open to equestrians, hiking, cyclists and hunting in a permitted area.

For more information about the event, visit www.confluenceproject.org.


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