Rogue River Restoration from a Raft: Gold Ray Anniversary CANCELLED

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Instructor: Craig Tuss, M.S.
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020
Location: Meet at Touvelle State Park
Tuition: $165 (includes raft trip and lunch)

Naturalist Certificate Credits: 8 hrs.



Cancelled due to Covid-19. Please stay tuned for future programming.

In this year, the 10th anniversary of the Gold Ray Dam removal, we’ll immerse ourselves in the Rogue River’s ecology and examine how removal of two dams and other minor removals and subsequent restoration have impacted the Rogue’s water quality and especially its support of salmonids. Removal and/or modernization of up to 50 Rogue Valley basin dams and river impediments is now a feasible 10-year goal thanks to the establishment of the Open Rivers Fund by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Topics we’ll discuss also include methods of removal and consequent sediment loads.

The class will board large rafts at Touvelle State Park boat launch, then float approximately six miles downstream, stopping to observe and discuss river processes. We’ll also pause at the mouth of Bear Creek to learn about restoration efforts there. Tuition includes the rafting trip.