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Celebration of the Eel River on Sunday

If your only experience with the Eel River is driving past it on Highway 101, you wouldn't exactly call it "wild." Pat Higgins has news for you.

"You know it's a mixed bag, people are way to pessimistic about the Eel. About the eastern two-thirds are going back to nature," the director of the Eel River Recovery Project says, "My joke is you are more likely to see Bigfoot out there than people."

The Eel River Recovery Project and its partners are celebrating the Eel with a conference and film showing at River Lodge in Fortuna Sunday Novemebr 4th. The conference marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the designation of the Eel as a Wild and Scenic River in the 1980s.

Higgins talked with KHSU's Magazine about the state of the river, the array of presentations at the conference and filmmaker Shane Anderson's newest film, "","_id":"0000017b-44e7-d602-a37f-6ee765f00000","_type":"035d81d3-5be2-3ed2-bc8a-6da208e0d9e2"}">">Run Wild –Run Free: 50 Years of American Wild and Scenic Rivers" showing at the end of the day.

The event is at River Lodge Conference Center in Fortuna Sunday  Novemebr 4th from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All events during the day are free and the public is welcome to attend any portion.

The event is co-sponsored by the California Wilderness Coalition, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.","_id":"0000017b-44e7-d602-a37f-6ee765f00000","_type":"035d81d3-5be2-3ed2-bc8a-6da208e0d9e2"}">">Run Wild Run Free: 50 years of Wild and Scenic Rivers : Official Trailer from">Pacific Rivers on Vimeo.