Wallowa Lake Conservation Easement Celebration

July 21, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Location

Wallowa Lake Lodge 60060 Wallowa Lake Hwy. Joseph, OR 97846

Contact Information

Madeline Lau, Lodge GM, at 541-432-9821, or Ann McCormack, Nez Perce Tribe, at 208-621-3710.

Date/Time Information

Thursday, July 21st 2022 at 10:00AM

Event Description

In a public ceremony, the Nez Perce Tribe and Wallowa Lake Lodge will dedicate the Wallowa Lake Conservation Easement at 10am Thursday, July 21, on Lodge grounds.

 

Since time immemorial, Wallowa Lake has served as the cultural heart of the local Nez Perce Wal’wama Band. The Conservation Easement encompasses the 9.22- acre Lodge property, including its open ground, towering old growth trees, and riparian wetlands at the confluence of the upper Wallowa River and Wallowa Lake. The Cayuse-Nez Perce word for this special place is Waala’amkt, “where the braided stream disappears beneath the water.”

This Conservation Easement, acquired in late 2020 and today held in perpetuity by the Nez Perce Tribe, will ensure protection of fisheries habitat and cultural resources by precluding or restricting additional development.

The Nez Perce Tribe and Wallowa Lake Lodge welcome the public to attend this long-awaited dedication. Tribal Chairman Sam Penney will lead the celebration to officially dedicate the Easement. Others will comment on its cultural and scientific significance, and implications for future management of the Wallowa Lake Basin.

The Celebration begins at 10am. A private lunch will follow.

For more information, contact Madeline Lau, Lodge GM, at 541-432-9821, or Ann McCormack, Nez Perce Tribe, at 208-621-3710.

Fees/Admission

Celebration at 10:00AM is free and open to the public. A private lunch will follow.