May 9, 2015, 10:00 amLopez Lamb, Wool & Goat FestivalMay 9, 2015, 5:30 pmVita's Lamb Festival DinnerMay 11, 2015, 5:15 pmLCCA Board MeetingMay 16, 2015, 6:00 pmGreat Pairings - Food and Wine Benefit for Lopez Children's CenterMay 19, 2015, 10:15 amSan Juan County MeetingMay 19, 2015, 4:00 pmFerry Reservation Town Hall MeetingMay 20, 2015, 7:30 pmMusical Theater Production by Lopez SchoolMay 22, 2015, 5:00 pmLopez Artist Guild Art OpeningMay 23, 2015, 1:30 pmTheatre Games: Imagination and ImprovisationMay 29, 2015, 3:30 pmIrish Music Workshop presented by Giant's Causeway
Offered by Stewwardship Network of the San Juans
On October 24, 2012, the Elwha River flowed free again for the first time in almost 100 years. On this overcast afternoon, the base of the Glines Canyon Dam was notched low enough that its impoundment Lake Mills ceased to exist, and the river was free. Naturalist and photographer Eric Kessler explores how the river came to be dammed, the impact to the Olympic Peninsula and its near shore environment, and the long remarkable journey that led to the first chunks of cement being removed on September 17, 2011. The process of un-damming the river has set the stage for restoring one of the Olympic Peninsula's most unique and important salmon runs. Surprisingly it has also presented an opportunity for different cultural and political groups to forge a vision of a healthier Northwest. Eric Kessler will explore how the seeming tragedy of damming the Elwha River has been a powerful conduit for restoration on many levels. Eric Kessler, San Juan Island resident, has been guiding, exploring, and photographing the Elwha River for 35 years. He studied the natural history of the Olympic Peninsula at The Evergreen State College, and stumbled into a career as a naturalist walking guide in the Olympic National Park in 1995. His conservation, documentary, and adventure travel photography has been published internationally. He is currently working on a writing/photo project of the Elwha River.
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