North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection hosts another event in the series “Speaking Truth to Power,” an educational talk by Conrad Gowell, the Native Fish Society’s Fellowship Program Director, at 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, at St. Mary by the Sea in Rockaway Beach. Doors open for this free event at 5 p.m. for a “meet and great” with light refreshments. Talk begins at 5:30 p.m.
Gowell will discuss the sustainability of wild fish, risk factors that affect them including current forestry practices, and, finally, what we can do to ensure that wild fish survive. He plans to delve into issues regarding unstable slopes. This presentation will incorporate a dialogue with the audience.
In 2018, Gowell became the Native Fish Society’s Fellowship Program Director after serving as NFS’ River Steward Program Director (2016-2017), North Oregon Coast Regional Coordinator (2013-2016) and Siletz River Steward since 2010. In his current role, Gowell recruits and manages a team of skills-based volunteers and contractors (NFS Fellows). These Fellows assist River Stewards with their watershed-specific conservation campaigns and help develop the advocacy tools NFS needs to increase the impact of the work.
Gowell completed his undergraduate degree in Natural Science from the University of Puget Sounds in Tacoma, Washington and has since worked with nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, indigenous cultures, and fisheries consultants, aiming to advance the sustainable management and restoration of watersheds. Gowell brings a policy, research, and habitat restoration background with experience throughout the Northwest and Alaska. He is a lifelong advocate for wild fish; his consistent dedication has inspired community action.
Gowell worked on the following effort: Endangered Species Protections Sought for Oregon Coast Spring Chinook : nativefishsociety.org/news-media/endangered-species-protections-sought-for-oregon-coast-spring-chinook . Nehalem River spring Chinook are an example of fish that may benefit from these protections. Gowell will also be leading a walk into the Trask River area to observe steep-slope logging that has slide risks.
For details go to healthywatershed.org/