Owyhee River Canyonlands Event in Eugene June 16, 2015


From red-rock spires to 1,000-foot canyons, Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands are unlike anyplace else in the state. Learn more about what makes this area special on Tuesday, June 16, when Owyhee Media and the Oregon Natural Desert Association present an evening with Dave Helfrich, Bonnie Olin and Corie Harlan. Through video, photography and storytelling, these presenters will take you on a journey through one of the most spectacular and least-known places in Oregon: the Owyhee Canyonlands.

Join us at 6 p.m. at Cozmic; 199 W 8th Street, Eugene, Ore., for “Helfrich & Highwater: An evening for Owyhee advocates and adventurers.” The event is $10. Doors open at 5 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets at http://www.cozmicpresents.com/event/859723

At more than 2 million acres, Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands region is the largest undeveloped, unprotected expanse in the lower 48 states. Its red-rock canyons, vital rivers and diverse wildlife — including the largest herd of California bighorn sheep in the nation — are unlike anywhere in Oregon. This group of presenters will share what makes the Owyhee Canyonlands an unparalleled place worth protecting for generations to come.

An iconic drift boat guide and outfitter in the Northwest since 1947, Dave Helfrich learned the skills of boating and guiding from his dad, the legendary Prince Helfrich. Dave has guided on many rivers such as the Middle Fork of the Salmon, Rogue River, McKenzie River and the Lower Owyhee. A world traveler, amateur naturalist, videographer, conservationist, author of “The Owyhee River Journals,” and founder of Owyhee Media, Bonnie Olin is a speaker and passionate supporter for protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands. As ONDA’s Owyhee coordinator, Corie Harlan focuses on building and strengthening relationships with community members, landowners, elected leaders, volunteers and advocates who make the preservation of wild places – like the spectacular Owhyee Canyonlands – possible.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), a Bend-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting, defending and restoring Oregon’s high desert for over 25 years. Learn more at www.ONDA.org.

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2 Responses to Owyhee River Canyonlands Event in Eugene June 16, 2015

  1. david jensen says:

    David P. Helfrich,
    Is that photo Frank Wheeler, RIP?

  2. Bonnie says:

    That photo is of Prince Helfrich, late 1960’s in Morcum rapids on the lower Owyhee River. Photo was provided by his son, Dave Helfrich.

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