Articles

Managing Over-Capacity on Gorge Trails

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By Sunnie Brown

It’s far from a secret: The Columbia River Gorge has it all. Waterfalls, wildflowers, wilderness, and a perfect Saturday afternoon adventure for anyone…

So, what’s the problem?

The problem is the Gorge trailheads are already bursting from overcapacity, and the problem isn’t diminishing anytime soon….Read More


Off-Site Camping – a Widening Problem

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By Lynne Davidson

‘No Camping, No Fires’ signs bracket a clearing along Eagle Creek Trail. Yet, on a recent trek, Jonathan Erickson counted eight unauthorized campsites and five illegal fire rings in 70-foot area a mere 30 feet off the trail.

The growing population of the Columbia River Gorge and more importantly the adjacent Portland-Vancouver metro area brings more and more hikers to popular trials like Eagle Creek, hikers who want that wilderness experience. Many stay to camp: some in designated campsites, but others find a place off trail.

What impact does the increasing number of off-trail campsites in the Gorge have on the forest ecosystem?…Read More

Two Summer Contests

EnviroGorge Kids Summer Writing Contest: We want to encourage kids to get outside and write about their experiences,  EnviroGorge has created a Kids Summer Writing Contest…. Read more

Bird ID Challenge: EnviroGorge created a fun bird identification quiz for all ages and levels to help you learn about birds that share the Gorge with us. Take the quiz before July 1, 2016! …Read more

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Weeds: The Slow Moving Wildfire

By | June 13th, 2016|Categories: News, Plants|Tags: , , |

Knapweed: pretty but dangerous Every spring brings the chance to gaze at a wildflower meadow and allow a feeling of peace and optimism to wash over the soul. From the bright [...]

Landfills: Garbage is the New Gold

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Energy and the Environment, News, Recycling, Waste Management|Tags: , , , , , |

Five miles up Roosevelt Grade Road high above the Columbia River is one of the biggest gas-to-energy plants in the United States. From methane produced by garbage, the plant generates enough electricity to power 25,000 [...]

Oil Train Derailment Déjà Vu

By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: News, Transportation|Tags: , , , |

Train carrying soybean oil, phenol, other hazardous chemicals, and various cargo derailed near The Dalles, OR 2003. On Thursday night, January 9, 2003, a track split under a Union Pacific freight [...]

The Oil Train Elephant in the Room

By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: Environment Essays, Transportation|Tags: |

Editorial by Susan Hess Smoke from Mosier, OR caused by derailment on June 3, 2016 was visible all over the Gorge Friday, June 3, the State of Oregon’s Environmental Justice Taskforce [...]

Hummingbird Whispering

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Environment Essays, Kids, Wildlife|Tags: , , , , |

Essay by Miko Ruhlen Sometimes we seek inspiration; other times it hits us on the nose and falls in our lap. That is what happened to my family a few summers ago in [...]

Gorge Meatless Mondays

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: Agriculture, Waste Management|Tags: , , , |

Chinese cabbage stir fry at the Farmer's Market Meatless Monday is a global movement with a simple message: once a week, cut the meat. Now, with increasing concern about the contribution [...]