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Whitewater Boat ParadeThe McKenzie River Trust will host the Living River Film Festival this month. It will fill three days, three venues, 11 films, speakers, local brew, tree climbing and more - all in celebration of Oregon landscapes and a benefit for the nonprofit.
Brandi Ferguson, Development Manager for the Trust says, “As a nonprofit regional land conservation group, our mission is to help preserve the unique landscapes that surround us and so for our annual event this year we are offering a film festival that will connect the audience to our stunning Oregon landscapes through film.”

Photo of dam debris removalPhoto Courtesy EWEB
In January of 2011, EWEB crews removed a large clump of logs, root wads and other debris following a high water event caused by heavy rains, unseasonably warm temperatures and rapid mountain snowmelt. Despite problems with one roll gate, a flood of similar size could pass through the dam.

Big Hoodoo mapSANTIAM PASS: A McKenzie River Ranger District project to improve forest conditions and reduce hazardous fuels in the Hoodoo-Big Lake area calls for salvaging dead lodgepole pine and commercial thinning on approximately 2,100 acres in the Santiam Pass area. The Big Hoodoo Project is located in an area south of Hwy 20, in and around the Hoodoo Ski Area and Big Lake.

Fall burns planned near Box Canyon

Chucksney Meadows burnThis fall, the McKenzie River and Middle Fork Ranger Districts will conduct prescribed burns designed to restore and maintain meadows near Box Canyon, located at milepost 31 on U.S. Forest Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive.) Because the timing of the burns is weather dependent, the burns will take place sometime between late September and late October.

From this week's "Echoes from the Past"

special edition

By John Russell Gustafson

Photo of BF RussellMemories about life in the McKenzie River Valley run deep in the Russell family. When I was a small boy, I spent many Sundays playing cribbage and listening to the stories about the old days on the McKenzie from my granddad, Fred Russell, and the rest of the family. There were stories about Blue River, Finn Rock, Martin’s Rapids, the swinging bridge to Thomson’s Lodge and the family home on Deerhorn Road across the river from Walterville near Taylor’s Landing. In the early 1900s, my mother and several aunts and uncles were born there.

Map of Blue River Saddle Dam

BLUE RIVER: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to install a gate across the Saddle Dam Boat Launch at Blue River Reservoir. Installation work will close the launch ramp from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, from September 4th to 6th. In addition, the gate will be closed annually from October 15th to March 1st, when low water levels make the ramp unusable by most boats.

McKenzie River Fish Recovery Improvement ProgramProject to improve McKenzie River fish recovery

BLUE RIVER: Salmon are now checking in at a truck stop after making their way from the Pacific Ocean to the South Fork of the McKenzie River. In the past they only got as far as the base of Cougar Dam, a 400 foot tall barrier between them and the high quality spawning habitat above it.

High heat map for OregonBy Brian Edwards, Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather.com reports a brief bout of record-smashing heat is set to ascend on the Pacific Northwest Thursday and Friday before a slight cooldown this weekend.

Seattle did not reach the 90-degree mark once during the summer of 2011, and they've already had two 90-degree-plus days this August.

McKenzie Fire's proposed Leaburg Station

LEABURG: Since forming over 50 years ago as the Thurston-Walterville Rural Fire Protection District, McKenzie Fire & Rescue has increased its area of coverage. The original fire station was constructed at the junction of Millican Road and the McKenzie Highway with volunteer labor and donated materials in 1959. Two years later the district purchased its first fire truck.

Girl in beaver coat

By Margaret Beilharz

Last Tuesday, July 24th, Ben Mackenzie, the 4th generation descendant of Donald Mackenzie, arrived with his wife and their son John’s family to be a key part of the McKenzie Summer Festival in Leaburg on Saturday. On Saturday, the McKenzie River Bicentennial’s Mobile Museum provided a place for the Mackenzie family to share stories of their famous forefather with the public at the Festival.


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