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FIELD GUIDE Climbs The Devil's Staircase, Airs July 8


It’s off to one of the more beautiful but inaccessible spots in the Coast Range. FIELD GUIDE is up to the challenge as the crew heads into the heart of the coastal rainforest, dubbed the “Bermuda Triangle” of the Oregon wilderness, for a spectacular hike to the Devil’s Staircase. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, July 8 at 8:30pm. Also reports on the proposed expansion of Hagg Lake and Oregon’s growing surfing community.

Devil’s Staircase - There is a place in the Oregon coast range that is so steep, so rugged, so disorienting and so wild that trails don’t go there. Loggers have never entered. And those who have trekked in, have spent unplanned nights amidst the towering, ancient trees trying to get out. That place is called the “Devil’s Staircase” — a 30,000-acre wild area that redefines “off-trail adventure.” The reward for making it to the heart of this ancient forest area is a chance to lay eyes on a beautiful, rarely visited waterfall and swimming hole along wild, crystal-clear Wassen Creek.

Hagg Lake Expansion - In an era of dam removals there’s an ambitious and expensive proposal to build an entirely new dam and it has attracted no organized opposition. After years of planning, a giant obstacle arose in just the last few months which could nearly double the cost of the project to almost $1 billion FIELD GUIDE examines the extreme challenges facing Washington County as leaders try to find water for the next 500,000 people expected to arrive in the next 50 years.

Brian Bates, Surfer - We head to Pacific City to meet one member of Oregon’s growing community of hard-core surfers. Brian Bates doesn’t mind the sacrifices he has to make to live and surf the waves off the Oregon coast. He supports his surfing habit by making surfboards that are just as unique as the waves he rides

FIELD GUIDE repeats Sundays at 1:30am and 6:30pm. Videos of the stories featured on FIELD GUIDE can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at www.opb.org/programs/ofg/

About OREGON FIELD GUIDE
In its 21st season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.

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