Archives : 2012 : August

Ken Bierly of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) recognized for his long-term commitment to Oregon’s natural areas

August 28th, 2012

Ken Bierly of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

Earlier this month, Ken Bierly received the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) fifth annual Regional Policy Award for his outstanding record for informing political decision-making with ecological science.

Throughout his long career at OWEB, Bierly has strived to ensure a strong scientific basis is applied to the funding body’s ecological projects.

He has also worked tirelessly to maintain strong trust relationships with OWEB’s restoration partners on the ground.

One such example is the Deschutes Special Investment Partnership (SIP), a collaborative effort between the Deschutes Land Trust, the Deschutes River Conservancy, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and the Crooked River Watershed Council to restore and maintain the watershed conditions necessary for successful salmon and steelhead reintroduction.

Bierly has followed salmon and steelhead restoration efforts since childhood, when he attended the dedication of the Pelton-Round Butte Dam.

“It has been an incredible personal odyssey to see the successful return of anadromous fish to the Upper Deschutes Basin,” said Bierly.

“The integration of land  and water conservation with habitat restoration that is happening in the Deschutes Basin is unmatched anywhere in the West. It is deeply gratifying to be a part of this larger conservation solution.”

The Deschutes River Conservancy’s 2012 RiverFeast: Dining for Streamflow Restoration

August 8th, 2012

The sweeping views from the Burgess’ home at Ranch of the Canyons.


This past Saturday, the Deschutes River Conservancy celebrated our 6th Annual RiverFeast Benefit Dinner at the magnificent home of  Bob and Carolyn Burgess at Ranch at the Canyons. Guests enjoyed the vocal styling of Lori Fletcher’s Deco Moon Jazz while mingling with friends in front of sweeping views of the Crooked River and Smith Rock.  After a sumptuous dinner served by the Deschutes Brewery, Becky Johnson, Vice-President of OSU-Cascades, spoke to the crowd about higher education possibilities based on the DRC’s collaborative restoration model. The evening’s activities ended with a water auction fundraiser for the DRC. This year’s event truly was a distinctive gathering at a magnificent location to bask in the beauty and significance of our local rivers and streams!

Susan Lucky HIgdon’s “Crooked River Canyon,” the artwork for this year’s RiverFeast.


 A special thank you to:

Bank of the Cascades, 2012 RiverFeast Title Sponsor

We would also like to thank:

Bob and Carolyn Burgess, Susan Lucky Higdon, Becky Johnson of OSU-Cascades, Kristi Miller of Good Morning Central Oregon Deschutes Brewery, Lange Estate Winery, Lori Fletcher’s Deco Moon Jazz, Tabletop Rentals, Elevation Tent Rentals