2018 Annual Meeting and Tour, The Dalles OR, October 2018

This year’s tour will focus on the Columbia River Gorge. Join us for an up close look at several of the many things that make the Gorge one of Washington State’s Seven Wonders.

Meeting Headquarters: Shilo Inns The Dalles, 3223 Bret Clodfelter Way, The Dalles, OR 97058. (541) 298-5502. SRM’s rooms are blocked until September 26, $79 plus tax double or single.

DateActivityLocationTime
Wednesday, October 10Board of Directors' MeetingColumbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum2 - 5 p.m.
Museum Exhibits open to the public (optional). Weekly pass, $6.50 per person, (PNW-SRM group rate, veterans free)9 - 5 p.m.
Social
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Oregon Trail: Regional and Personal Perspectives: a journey back in time to the mid-1800’s during westward expansion when pioneers made a 2,000-mile trek on difficult terrain, enduring illness and encounters with Native Americans. Bob Ehrhart, Historian and Range Scientist7:15 - 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, October 11Load bus for The Dalles Dam. PHOTO i.d. REQUIRED. Carrie Gordon, Retired USFS, on-board Geology Guide to the Gorge. Past Forest Geologist on the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National GrasslandShilo Inns The Dalles7:45 a.m.
General dam operations; power generation; renewable energy; fish passage, concerns, recovery; barging; flood control; current issues--Corps of Engineers staff The Dalles Dam8 - 10:40 a.m.
Tribal Fishing Rights and Native American Issues along the Columbia, J.P. Patt, former chairman, Warm Springs Tribal Council and former executive director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish CommissionCelilo Park11 a.m. - noon
Sack LunchNoon - 1 p.m.
Soil health, cover crops, grazing, alternative crop rotations, innovative farming and conservation practices, Noah Williams, operator, and Garrett Duyck, Soil Health Coordinator Central Oregon NRCS. Williams Ranch1:20 - 2:30 p.m.
Wind generated renewable energy: siting, construction, daily operations, integration in the power grid, green energy and climate change, and impact on rangeland resources and wildlife. Robert Marheine, PGE terrestrial biologist focusing on implementing mitigation requirements PGE Biglow Canyon Wind Farm3 - 4:45 p.m.
Banquet, Awards, Silent AuctionShilo Inns6 - 9:15 p.m.
Geology of the Columbia Gorge, Scott Burns, Portland State University Professor Emeritus and co-author of Cataclysms on the Columbia8 - 9 p.m.
Silent Auction Closes9:00 p.m.
Adjourn9:15 p.m.
Friday, October 12Annual MeetingShilo Inns8 - 9:45 a.m.
Carpool for The Dalles Mt. Project at Columbia Hills Historical State Park 10 a.m.
Optional post-tour admission to Columbia Hills Historical State Park petroglyphs requires a Discovery Pass, ($10/vehicle)
The Dalles Mountain Project, Grazing and Prairie Restoration on State Park Land, Tip Hudson, WSU Extension Range SpecialistDalles Mountain Road10:15 a.m.
Carpool to Maryhill Museum Estate, Optional post-tour Maryhill Museum of Art admission (group rate), $10Maryhill Museum of Art11:45 a.m.
Leased Grazing on Maryhill's Annual Grasslands: grazing systems, wind turbine program, range seeding efforts, invasive weeds, wildfire, history of the Hill family and museum. Marty Hudson, Maryhill Ranch Committee Chair and Klickitat County Weed Control Coordinator and Dale Thiele, rancher lesseeNoon
Sack Lunch
Adjourn1:15 p.m.

Registration includes snacks at Wednesday evening’s social, Thursday’s bus tour, lunch on Thursday and Friday, and Thursday’s banquet dinner.

Please register by October 3 to avoid a late fee and to facilitate advanced security checks at The Dalles Dam

Register Online


Refund Policy

Because PNW-SRM incurs expense on your behalf after you register, whether or not you actually participate in the Annual Meeting, the following refund policy is in effect:

  • Full refund if requested by September 15
  • 60% refund if requested by October 3
  • 40% refund if requested by October 9
  • No refund thereafter

Printable flier and registration form


Additional Information

Shilo Inns The Dalles (rooms blocked for SRM until September 26, $79 plus tax single or double queens)

Weather forecast, The Dalles, OR

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

The Dalles Dam

Fish Passage Center (patience, these pages take a few seconds to load from the database)

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Cover Crops on Dryland Wheat? Challenge Accepted (by Noah Williams)

Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Biglow Canyon PGE Wind Farm (YouTube)

Scott Burns 20 Minute Geology of the Columbia Gorge (video)

Columbia Hills Historical State Park

Maryhill Museum of Art

Travel Oregon, Columbia River Gorge