During Week 1 – June 12-17 – participants will travel together to Central Oregon for an overnight field trip.
The NRLA field trip provides a unique, firsthand experience where participants will submerge themselves in natural resources environments in the Central Oregon Deschutes Water Basin near the cities of Sisters, Bend and Redmond.
During the trip, the group will discuss issues related to topics covered within the three Week 1 tracks. Guest speakers from local natural resources organizations will host sessions to further dive into each topic, with a focus on current local projects.
Transportation and lodging at the Red Lion Inn and Suites – Bend is included with registration.
More details to come.
About past field trips:
Central Oregon’s Deschutes Basin watershed is comprised of many rivers, creeks and streams, including the Deschutes River, Crooked River, Little Deschutes River, Metolius River, McKay Creek, Tumalo Creek and Whychus Creek.
In previous years, participants traveled to Central Oregon’s Deschutes Basin to tour waterway projects that encompass various aspects of the NRLA tracks, bringing the learning experience full circle.
In partnership with many contributing organizations* from the local area, OSU’s NRLA Field Trips (2012–15) to Central Oregon have utilized the Whychus Creek Restoration (Camp Polk Meadow Preserve) project outside of Sisters, Oregon, as the primary focus.
This year, as new projects emerge in this Central Oregon region, NRLA will once again provide the opportunity to see firsthand and learn about various challenges, conflicts and accomplishments of waterway projects.
*2012-15 contributing organizations include: Sisters Ranger District, OSU-Cascades, Deschutes County, ODFW Bend/Deschutes Watershed Council, Up. Deschutes Watershed Council, Deschutes River Conservancy, Deschutes Land Trust, PGE, Warm Springs Museum, Warm Springs Power & Water, Three Sisters Irrigation District, Subway Restaurant, Red Lion Inn and Suites - Bend.