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Event highlights Multnomah Falls volunteer opportunities

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Two authors will present their books at March 18 event on 182nd Avenue.

FILE PHOTO - An upcoming event will inform potential volunteers about opportunities to help out at Multnomah Falls. Learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities at Multnomah Falls during a volunteer training session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Clear Creek Church, 4100 S.E. 182nd Ave.

The event is hosted by Friends of Multnomah Falls, and many seasoned volunteers will attend to help newcomers.

"This is a great place to volunteer if you like to talk with people from all over the world and the new people just moving to the Portland area," said Ron Goodwin, with Friends of Multnomah Falls.

The session will include presentations by two authors, Laura O. Foster, who wrote "Columbia Gorge Getaways," and Scott Cook, who penned "Curious Gorge."

The U.S. Forest Service will provide an update on changes happening within the Columbia River Gorge, the policy on using drones at Multnomah Falls will be discussed, and Friends of Multnomah Falls will provide information on when volunteers are needed.

There will also be an update on the group's Gorge Bus trip, which will take place on Saturday, May 6.

Flexible scheduling at Multnomah Falls provides opportunities for those who can only volunteer in the summer or once a month to give back. If someone volunteers more than 16 hours they can earn a Northwest Forest Pass from forest service ranger stations.

Friends of Multnomah Falls is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group formed in 1989 to support the forest service. Their main activity is staffing the Visitor Center at Multnomah Falls, the most popular natural attraction in Oregon, with more than 3.6 million visitors in 2016.

Volunteers answer questions, hand out maps and make visitors welcome to the site.

Friends of Multnomah Falls also conducts several other projects throughout the year — including staffing tables in the summer, sharing information at the annual Salmon Festival at Mt. Hood Community College and hosting children programs.

For more information, visit www.friendsofmultnomahfalls.org or call 503-645-3124.