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Area events set as part of state archaeology month

Author to discuss airstrips book Friday in Grangeville




Public events will be held in the region this month as part of Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. This year’s theme is “Harnessing Idaho’s Water.”

This Friday, May 1, in Grangeville, author Richard H. Holm Jr. of Boise and McCall will give a presentation based on his recently released book, Bound for the Backcountry II: A History of Airstrips in the Wallowas, Hells Canyon, and the Lower Salmon River. 

On Wednesday, May 27, in Orofino, retired USFS hydrologist Nick Gerhardt will give a presentation entitled Floods of the Clearwater and Lower Salmon River basins. 

Event details:

May 1 – Holm will focus on airstrips, ranches, and lodges located between Hells Canyon Dam and Cache Creek.  Holm’s extensive research has resulted in a comprehensive history containing photographs and colorful stories of these airstrips, pilots, and the people associated with them. Some of the locations Holm will discuss include High Bar (Willow Creek), Temperance Creek, Kirkwood, Pittsburg Creek, Van Pool Ranch, Spencer Ranch, Salmon Bar, Cache Creek and Wapshilla Ranch.

Event starts at 6:30 p.m., Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests Grangeville Office, 104 Airport Road.

May 27 – Gerhardt resides on the Middle Fork Clearwater River near Kooskia.  His presentation will begin with a primer on the hydrology of the region’s rivers. Floods from the Pleistocene to the present will be discussed, including the major floods of June 1894, May 1917, December 1933, May 1948, June 1964, June 1974 and February 1996. Implications of floodplain development, levees and dams will be discussed, along with possible effects resulting from climate change.

Event starts at noon, Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests Orofino Office, 12730 Highway 12.

Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month program is a celebration of everything to do with Idaho’s archaeology and history, and events are held throughout the state. The event is organized by the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office.

For information: Cindy Schacher, USFS archaeologist, 926-6412.



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