2nd Annual State of the Watershed Event at Tryon Creek State Natural Area

Portland, Oregon – The Tryon Creek Watershed Council (TCWC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Friends of Tryon Creek, and other significant partners will host an evening gathering (October 3rd, 2012, 6:30 p.m.) that will provide information and progress reports on the status of fish, water quality, habitat and restoration projects in the Tryon Creek watershed to raise awareness about the efforts being made to improve conditions in the watershed and the challenges and opportunities we face moving forward. The event will feature a presentation by a local landowner who has participated in TCWC’s mentoring program as well as a poster session highlighting important projects in the watershed. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Tryon Creek is unique as an urban watershed which has had minimal industrial or manufacturing impact with a large portion protected by Tryon Creek State Natural Area. The Natural Area is a state-owned, 675-acre parcel saved from development in the 1970s by the Friends, then purchased by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and turned into Oregon’s only urban state park. The lower-most portion of Tryon Creek, which flows through public land owned by the City of Lake Oswego and the City of Portland, is bisected by a 400-foot culvert which remains the biggest obstacle to fully restoring the creek to its more natural condition.

By giving the public important information about their watershed and sharing success stories that are models for how this work can be completed, this planned, annual event will develop a greater proactive stewardship ethic among residents.

The State of the Watershed event will be held in the Nature Center at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, Oregon, on October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. For more information please visit http://www.tryonfriends.org/programs/calendar-listings/icalrepeat.detail/2012/10/03/1055/-/state-of-the-watershed-event.html.

About the Friends of Tryon Creek
The Friends of Tryon Creek are a catalyst for cultivating a lifelong relationship with nature using Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Oregon’s only urban state park, as our classroom. We are known throughout the region for our exceptional environmental education programs and stewardship opportunities.

Tryon Creek State Natural Area is located at 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd in southwest Portland. The 670-acre park currently welcomes over 385,000 visitors each year and is home to over 200 species of birds, mammals and amphibians. Visitors enjoy miles of hiking trails, a paved bicycle path and equestrian trails.

The Friends of Tryon Creek was founded in 1969 by a group of forward-thinking individuals who came together to preserve the unique and historic forested canyon that borders Lake Oswego and Portland and turn it into a park. Today, the Friends, a private non-profit that receives no direct state funding, continues to utilize the park as a classroom for their environmental education programs as well as leading efforts to conserve and restore the park to a more healthy and flourishing ecosystem.

Membership opportunities are available, which include event fee discounts.

For details and a schedule of events, visit www.tryonfriends.org.

The Friends of Tryon Creek
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2012

CONTACT
Jessica Sweeney, PR/Media Relations Coordinator
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503-636-4398   Ext. 106