A Gresham group called United Earth is organizing The Bridge of the Gods Peace Jam this weekend in Cascade Locks, to promote ecotourism in the Columbia River Gorge and raise funds for a peace-oriented school curriculum.
The inaugural event, dubbed a Bike Peace Music Festival, takes place on Thunder Island July 17 and 18. Two hundred campsites are reserved on the island near Cascade Locks for bicycling tourists who ride to the festival with their own camping gear.
The event is a fundraiser for The Nobel Peace Curriculum. United Earth is working with the Reynolds School District and charter schools to develop the curriculum.
Marcus Nobel, executive director of United Earth, says hes working with local governments, business groups and the Rotary Club to promote ecotourism in the Gorge.
There is a $21 million dollar pipeline of bicycle recreation that runs through the Gorge, Nobel says. This will double in a few years when the last remaining 10 miles into Hood River are completed. Eco-tourism is the future.
For more information: www.unitedearth.us