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Forest Park advocate Marcy Houle to speak at PDX Ecologists meeting

Posted by on April 16th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Marcy Houle, the author and activist who has been actively opposing trail access for people on bikes in Forest Park will speak to PDX Ecologists Unite this Thursday evening (4/18). The talk will focus on Forest Park’s history as well as “the challenges that lie ahead.” The issue of mountain bikes in Forest Park will also be discussed during this event. More info below:

Our speaker will be the wonderful Marcy Houle, author of “Forest Park: One City’s Wildnerness”, who will take us on a rich journey through Forest Park’s history, and allow the voices of its founders to share their vision of the park, including the challenges that lie ahead. This is a unique opportunity to explore several key issues regarding Forest Parkand its long term sustainability, including:

– Invasive Species
– Dogs
– Landslides
– Non-native insects
– Trail Maintenance

As part of the Trails topic, we would like to save time to discuss mountain bikes and forest park.

Please come for the presentation (~45min) and/or the discussion to follow, as we would be blessed to have your knowledge and expertise. Things have a way of coming together in the end, with enough synergy and awareness, and I feel that many of the solutions (or adaptive management approaches) to the above mentioned topics lay in all our hands.

Should you have a particular topic of interest regarding Forest Parkand its care, please send it to me for our discussion piece. Anything not addressed at the meeting can be included on our blog page to help raise awareness and formulate ideas.

The meeting is at Willamette Riverkeepers HQ (1515 SE Water Ave in the Mt. Adams Room (3rd Floor)) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, 4/18. More info here.

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  • Todd Hudson April 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I wonder how they will interpret her hyperbole and alarmism?

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  • Gabriel Amadeus Tiller April 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    You’d think a bunch of ecologists would worry about her ability to completely contradict a thorough environmental impact study.

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  • Toby Query April 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I’m Toby, the founder of Portland Ecologists Unite! Marcy will be discussing the history and ecology of Forest Park and then we will discuss other issue, bikes being one of many topics that will come up. Please feel free to come to the talk and participate in our robust discussion. We will have beer for sale with proceeds going to Willamette Riverkeeper. Cheers!

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  • Alex April 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Your date is wrong in the article – it is 4/18, not 4/8.

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  • Chessus Christ April 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Having read a number of things written by Marcy, it confuses me as to why a group of ecologists would invite her to speak from her jaded standpoint.
    If you would like to have information that is twisted and tailored to a single user agenda, under the guise of protecting some grown out clearcuts, then this is the meeting to go to.

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