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Green Briefs

Homecoming time for native salmon

It happens every year but still inspires awe from young and old.

Come watch the return of the salmon up the Sandy River on the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20 at Oxbow Regional Park.

Naturalists will be on hand for salmon watching from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, during the annual Salmon Homecoming celebration. Biologists will help explain the iconic fish’s life cycle and perilous migration from the Pacific Ocean up the Columbia River to the Sandy.

Admission to the event is free but it costs $5 per vehicle, or $7 per bus, to park inside Oxbow. The trail to salmon viewing is unpaved but fairly level, and suitable for all ages. Please leave your dogs at home.

While there, enjoy hiking in Oxbow’s 1,000 acres of old growth forest, or attend one of two additional events. On Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can explore a salmon restoration site at Oxbow’s Happy Creek, led by Bill Weiler from the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council. On Sunday at the same time, learn about mushrooms at the park. That session is suitable for people 12 years and older. Meet at the Alder Shelter (group picnic area A) at 1:45 p.m. for both events.

Hike the lovely Wilson River

The North Coast State Forest Coalition hosts a family-friendly walk along the Wilson River on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Participants will walk 3.5 miles along the gorgeous Wilson River, part of a trail that stretches about 20 miles. Visitors will take time to check out the river and the newly designated High Value Conservation Area. To join in, meet at 11 a.m. at the Jones Creek day use area on Highway 6. Or, to find a carpool or caravan, meet at the Sierra Club office at 9:30 a.m. at 1821 S.E. Ankeny St. in Portland, or park in the northeast corner of the Home Depot parking lot off Highway 26, at 13700 N.W. Science Park Drive, at 10 a.m. For more information or to register, email coalition organizer Chris Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brrrr....cold house?

Feel a draft in your house as fall weather sets in?

Energy Trust of Oregon is offering, for a limited time only, extra rebates of up to $300 for those who make qualifying improvements to their home insulation. The bonuses, available now through the end of the year, could provide $100 each for insulating floors, walls and ceilings.

The bonuses are in addition to Energy Trust’s standard insulation incentives, available to customers of PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. To find out more, it’s best to consult with one of Energy Trust’s “trade allies,” contractors who arrange to work with the nonprofit and its rebate programs. The Portland nonprofit is financed by utility surcharges to help cut energy use in the area.

To learn more about Energy Trust’s fall insulation bonuses, visit http://www.energytrust.org/cozy or call 1-866-368-7878.

Climate change is bad for our health

Multnomah County needs to prepare for new public health risks brought by climate change, according to a new 26-page report by county environmental health specialists.

A warming climate will cause more punishing summer heat waves, increased ozone and diesel particulates in the air, and greater infestations of mosquitos and ticks, county health analysts warn.

Those problems can lead to more deaths from heat stroke, more asthma and other respiratory illnesses as well as air-borne diseases from insect bites, among other complications. The report, entitled Climate Change and Public Health Preparation, describes vulnerable populations and recommends strategies to alleviate health concerns. Oregon’s temperature has risen 1.5 degrees Farhenheit over the last century, but steeper increases are now projected.

As the climate warms, Portland is experiencing more severe heat waves, which, combined with the urban heat island affect, could make senior citizens especially vulnerable.