Chehalis River: Watershed Health and Climate Resilience Webinars

Do you have a stake in the health of the watersheds of the Pacific Northwest? Want to learn more about climate resilience as it relates to water in general? We’re gathering experts to bring you a fabulous educational series that will inspire and empower you to do your part for healthy waterways.

The Chehalis River Basin in western Washington drains more than 1.7 million acres, providing the lifeblood for the second largest river basin in Washington state.  It is the ancestral homeland of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis and home to the last unencumbered major runs of wild steelhead and Chinook salmon populations in Washington.

Although climate change brings new threats to the health of this vital watershed, it also provides opportunities for conservation, restoration, and stewardship. Members of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness and the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust have collaborated to organize and facilitate a four-part webinar series accompanied by two hands-on stewardship work sessions.
 
In these webinars about the Chehalis River watershed you’ll learn about:
• The value of rivers, wetlands, and watersheds in the Pacific Northwest in a changing climate. 
• Tribal perspectives on the Chehalis River and climate change impacts.
• Threats and opportunities for restoration within the Chehalis River watershed.

Webinar #3

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 
7:00 pm PST

Join us for a special screening of Chehalis: A Watershed Moment, a documentary film about how climate change and human impact affect the river. Chehalis Tribe representatives William Thoms, Cultural Resource Specialist, and Dan Penn, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, will be available for Q&A after the film.


Webinar #4

Wednesday, November 18
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. PST

Kim Ashmore with the City of Centralia, WA, will provide information and details about the China Creek Flood project and the Salmon Habitat Restoration project.


These webinars are FREE to current members. We ask for a suggested $10 donation per webinar for non-members.

 

Need to join or renew your membership? Not sure if your membership is current? Give us a call at 970-385-9577 or email membership@greatoldbroads.org.

   


Upcoming stewardship opportunity for Pacific Northwest residents

November 4, 5, 6, 2020
9:30 am–3 pm

Please join the Broads for three days of fun and hands-on stewardship on the Chehalis River Discovery Trail that runs along the banks of the Chehalis River. We will remove invasive species and plant native species to support the health and resilience of the beautiful, free-flowing Chehalis River.

Specialists in the field of invasive species identification and removal will provide instruction and help coordinate activities. After lunch activities will be led by the Chehalis Land Trust, Broadband leaders, Tribal representatives, and  other local partners. Participants will be guided in identifying local climate impacts and the benefits of intact river ecosystems. The indigenous peoples’ relationship to the river and their cultural history will give extra significance to understanding the importance of this stewardship work.

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January 23, 2021
10 am to 2 pm  (One-day work session)

The Carbon Capture Foundation has donated 205 Douglas Fir seedlings that will be planted in designated areas along the Discovery Trail to enhance the riparian areas. In the event of inclement weather, the work session may be rescheduled.

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