Envirogorge 2018-02-05T18:50:29+00:00

Eagle Creek Fire Court Decision

The Friends fo the Columbia Gorge reported today, Feb. 16: "a hearing at the Hood River County Circuit Court, the Vancouver teenager responsible for starting last year's Eagle Creek fire pleaded guilty to 12 counts and received 1,920 [...]

Eagle Creek Fire – What Now?

The Forest Service is serious about closing trails, such as this signage at Eagle Creek trail. Article and photos by Jurgen Hess. “Some trails, like the Eagle Creek Trail are so dangerous we won’t send our [...]

Salvage Logging – a Terrible Idea

In My Opinion, Jurgen Hess. Eagle Creek Fire The Eagle Creek Fire burned this September across almost 50,000 acres of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, an area hiked, visited, and loved by millions.  U.S. [...]

Dispatch from the trail: Atop Beacon Rock

The basalt monolith—first nicknamed Beaten Rock during the Lewis and Clark Expedition—would not be here today if not for two individuals who got involved in protecting it. Around the turn of the 20th century, the United States Army Corps of Engineers looked at Beacon Rock and saw its potential as a pile of rubble. They needed riprap...read more

The amazing ancient lamprey

Imagine this: You develop from an egg into a larva in fine stream sediment. Over the next three to seven years you live there, eyeless and sexless, eating diatoms and algae. Then you metamorphose into a male or female fish with a two-lobed dorsal fin, two eyes, no bones, and a round mouth with teeth made of keratin (the same thing as fingernails). Something tells you that you must go down to the sea, where you affix your mouth to the side of a bigger fish and suck its fluids out for your own benefit. After a few years...read more

“Be There for the Gorge” crowdfunding campaign launches

The collaborative work surrounding the Eagle Creek Fire continues, most recently with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to accelerate restoration and reopening of a network of iconic Columbia Gorge [...]

Platt River Journal

From where the trail dead-ends, the Platt is hidden from view.

Recycling Ban Impacts Gorge

By Susanne Wright and Susan Hess.  China has had enough and it’s not taking it anymore—our recycling, that is. January 1, 2018 China began a ban on imported post-consumer plastic and unsorted [...]

Reuse & Reduce Challenge

How to keep recyclables out of the landfill: use less. Take the EnviroGorge Recycle challenge. Send us what you’re doing to reduce waste. Comment below on our website. Email us. Post on [...]

News hub

WORLD-wide look at a soil health revolution. 3 JOBS: Mt. Adams Resource Stewwards MONEY to help Hood River Co. orchards ditch smudge pots. Apply by Mar. 16. SCENIC AREA management plan meeting: Feb. 15, Stevenson, WA and Feb 20 The Dalles. Read more...

Thank you EnviroGorge Supporters!

 “The greatest threat to our planet is believing that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan With EnviroGorge financial supporters, we can continue critical investigative reporting to keep local people educated about environmental issues impacting our [...]

How long will this site be toxic?

Photo: The former aluminum plant main entrance and water tower in The Dalles. By Susanne Wright. My editor asked me to attend a public DEQ meeting in The Dalles. She was curious. Something about a permit [...]

Pesticides: Like Onions, They Haunt You

By Valerie Brown. Pesticides, like onions, can come back to haunt you. This recently happened in some Hood River basin waters. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed, this year, to list five creeks as “impaired waters” under the [...]

Only you can prevent invasives

by Susanne Wright. And just like that. After weeks of constant angst and smoke, a sweeping rain tamed the Eagle Creek fire.   In its wake, many have expressed a strong desire to help reforest our beloved scenic Gorge. [...]

Watch for those eyes

Guided not by time clocks, but by shifts in light, deer typically emerge from cover at dawn and dusk to dine. Breeding season occurs in late fall, making deer unpredictable: they act out of character, and chasing and being chased.

Cows Tipping the Balance

By Susan Hess. Bob Hansen. A fenceline separates the grazed and ungrazed wheatgrass. Dalles Mountain Prairie Restoration: from [...]

Competition for Water Heats Up

By Susan Hess. John Buckley stood at East Fork Irrigation District’s headgate looking up the river. It’s one of his [...]

Take Me to the River

One of the only small areas of beach with legal access under the train tracks. Covered with graffiti in [...]

Dispatch from the trail: Atop Beacon Rock

The basalt monolith—first nicknamed Beaten Rock during the Lewis and Clark Expedition—would not be here today if not for two individuals who got involved in protecting it. Around the turn of the 20th century, the United States Army Corps of Engineers looked at Beacon Rock and saw its potential as a pile of rubble. They needed riprap...read more

The amazing ancient lamprey

Imagine this: You develop from an egg into a larva in fine stream sediment. Over the next three to seven years you live there, eyeless and sexless, eating diatoms and algae. Then you metamorphose into a male or female fish with a two-lobed dorsal fin, two eyes, no bones, and a round mouth with teeth made of keratin (the same thing as fingernails). Something tells you that you must go down to the sea, where you affix your mouth to the side of a bigger fish and suck its fluids out for your own benefit. After a few years...read more

“Be There for the Gorge” crowdfunding campaign launches

The collaborative work surrounding the Eagle Creek Fire continues, most recently with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to accelerate restoration and reopening of a network of iconic Columbia Gorge [...]

Platt River Journal

From where the trail dead-ends, the Platt is hidden from view.

Recycling Ban Impacts Gorge

By Susanne Wright and Susan Hess.  China has had enough and it’s not taking it anymore—our recycling, that is. January 1, 2018 China began a ban on imported post-consumer plastic and unsorted [...]

Reuse & Reduce Challenge

How to keep recyclables out of the landfill: use less. Take the EnviroGorge Recycle challenge. Send us what you’re doing to reduce waste. Comment below on our website. Email us. Post on [...]

Eagle Creek Fire Court Decision

The Friends fo the Columbia Gorge reported today, Feb. 16: "a hearing at the Hood River County Circuit Court, the Vancouver teenager responsible for starting last year's Eagle Creek fire pleaded guilty to 12 counts and received 1,920 [...]

Eagle Creek Fire – What Now?

The Forest Service is serious about closing trails, such as this signage at Eagle Creek trail. Article and photos by Jurgen Hess. “Some trails, like the Eagle Creek Trail are so dangerous we won’t send our [...]

Salvage Logging – a Terrible Idea

In My Opinion, Jurgen Hess. Eagle Creek Fire The Eagle Creek Fire burned this September across almost 50,000 acres of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, an area hiked, visited, and loved by millions.  U.S. [...]

News hub

WORLD-wide look at a soil health revolution. 3 JOBS: Mt. Adams Resource Stewwards MONEY to help Hood River Co. orchards ditch smudge pots. Apply by Mar. 16. SCENIC AREA management plan meeting: Feb. 15, Stevenson, WA and Feb 20 The Dalles. Read more...

Thank you EnviroGorge Supporters!

 “The greatest threat to our planet is believing that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan With EnviroGorge financial supporters, we can continue critical investigative reporting to keep local people educated about environmental issues impacting our [...]

How long will this site be toxic?

Photo: The former aluminum plant main entrance and water tower in The Dalles. By Susanne Wright. My editor asked me to attend a public DEQ meeting in The Dalles. She was curious. Something about a permit [...]

Pesticides: Like Onions, They Haunt You

By Valerie Brown. Pesticides, like onions, can come back to haunt you. This recently happened in some Hood River basin waters. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed, this year, to list five creeks as “impaired waters” under the [...]

Only you can prevent invasives

by Susanne Wright. And just like that. After weeks of constant angst and smoke, a sweeping rain tamed the Eagle Creek fire.   In its wake, many have expressed a strong desire to help reforest our beloved scenic Gorge. [...]

Watch for those eyes

Guided not by time clocks, but by shifts in light, deer typically emerge from cover at dawn and dusk to dine. Breeding season occurs in late fall, making deer unpredictable: they act out of character, and chasing and being chased.

Cows Tipping the Balance

By Susan Hess. Bob Hansen. A fenceline separates the grazed and ungrazed wheatgrass. Dalles Mountain Prairie Restoration: from [...]

Competition for Water Heats Up

By Susan Hess. John Buckley stood at East Fork Irrigation District’s headgate looking up the river. It’s one of his [...]

Take Me to the River

One of the only small areas of beach with legal access under the train tracks. Covered with graffiti in [...]

Articles