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Ditch the paper cup. When you stop at the coffee shop to get your morning fix, think before you grab that disposable cup. We are challenging you to Use A Reusable. You can have your take away withut the throw away. For the month of June, instead of using a paper cup and all its accouterments borrow a house mug or bring your own!

Send us a photo of your Reusable and you will be entered to win a gift certificate to your favorite coffee establishment! Read More


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Nature Space Award: Whitson’s Schoolyard Habitat Program

“I love it. I see tremendous value in the educational link it creates from what the students are learning to the real world.” – Principal Todd McCauley

Through dedication and lots of volunteer hours Whitson Elementary and partners have created extensive gardens aimed at connecting students to nature. Read More

News Bites

  • Learn to create habitat around your home at Hood River Watershed Group‘s Backyard Habitat Workshop on Saturday, June 13 9am-12:30pm. More Info
  • Gifford Pinchot Task Force met in Hood River this week. They held a strategic planning session for their 30th anniversaryGPTF
  • Open Letter: What’s With These Fish? Ann Marie Jelderks had an interesting sighting on a walk along the Columbia River. Read More.
  • Envirogorge is excited to once again be offering their Nature Space Awards. These covetable prizes are awarded once a month to someone making a small-scale positive change to the natural areas of the Gorge. Nominate someone or some place by emailing susanh(at)envirogorge(dot)com.

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Use a Reusable

Ditch the paper cup with Envirogorge’s Re-Fill Challenge
When you stop at the coffee shop to get your morning fix, think before you grab that disposable cup. We are challenging you to Use A Reusable. You can have your take away without the throw away. For the month of June, instead of using a paper cup and all its accouterments borrow a house mug or bring your own!  […]

Columbia River Restoration Act

“The Columbia River has served the people of the Pacific Northwest for eons as a source of food, energy, and a major highway for commerce,” said Senator Ron Wyden. “Dedicating funds to cleaning up the river is critical to ensuring that it is protected from pollution that harms the people and ecosystem that depend on it. It is past time to provide this support for the Columbia River Basin.” […]

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Nature Space Award: Whitson’s Schoolyard Habitat Program

Whitson Elementary’s Schoolyard Habitat program in partnership with Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery (NFH), and Yakama Nation Fisheries (YNF) received Envirogorge’s Nature Space Award on May 14 2015. […]

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Giant Trees of Lost Creek

Article and photographs submitted by Daryl Lloyd.

Hidden in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Willard, WA you’ll find a stand of giant Western Red Cedars. […]

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Anaerobic Digestion: Let’s Ruminate on It

When you visit a dairy community there is one smell in the air: thousands of pounds of poop. It’s a mind-boggling amount of manure, far too much to throw into a compost bin. Because of this overwhelming quantity of dung, dairy farms face the same problem faced by all human communities: what to do with waste. […]

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Honey By The People

Cait Ride’s passion for gardening and love for good food found an outlet in beekeeping. After being introduced to beekeeping while working at a farm in South Carolina, Cait was hooked, and she wants to share her passion through her new project Honey By The People, a community focused beekeeping venture. […]

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Bandel-Ramirez Family wins Nature Space Award

The Bandel-Ramirez family wins the first 2015 Envirogorge Nature Space Award. The family, parents David and Elena and children Maisie and Lolo, won for converting a lawn into an urban garden. It’s shared space. There’s Dano and Truman, two giant (but gentle) dogs;  three chickens, a couple of baby chicks, and a rabbit that would just as soon be left alone. […]

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The Grid You Thought You Knew

It’s the reassuring hum of the refrigerator late at night, the random tumble of laundry in the dryer. It pushes the second hand and the turbine. We call it “power” for good reason, because without it we’d be choppingand pumping and flicking the whip at beasts of burden […]