PORTLAND - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is sponsoring a free one-day Collaborative Learning Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum in Ilwaco.

The workshop is for people interested in the management of regional sediment at the Mouth of the Columbia River (MCR).

The workshop, presented by Gregg Walker and Pat Corcoran of Oregon State University and Steve Daniels of Utah State University, is part of a Corps-sponsored demonstration project to evaluate the regional management of sediment in the MCR littoral zone. The workshop will offer an innovative approach for looking at complex natural resource issues where there are many parties, multiple issues, deeply held values, cultural differences, scientific and technical uncertainty, and legal and jurisdictional constraints.

Although, regional sediment management is the focus of this workshop, the knowledge taken away from the training will be useful for anyone involved in natural resource issues in the Pacific Northwest.

While the workshop will include some lecture material about the philosophy and framework of Collaborative Learning, most of the workshop will focus on active learning exercises. These ideas will relate to and draw upon decision-making, conflict resolution, systems thinking and public participation throughout the demonstration project.

The demonstration project, which covers sediment management from Point Grenville, Wash., to Tillamook Head, Ore., and to River Mile 7 in the Columbia River, is part of a national initiative to coordinate dredging activities in coastal zones to retain sand in the littoral systems fostering balanced, natural systems and reduced project costs.

Please register early with Gregg Walker at (541) 737-5397, gwalker@orst.edu, or with Doris McKillip at (503) 808-4348, Doris.J.McKillip@usace.army.mil.

A report prepared by the Institute for Water Resources under their Policy Studies Program titled "Regional Sediment Management: Background and Overview of Initial Implementation" is available at (http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/iwr/pdf/02ps2sed_man.pdf).

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