Imports, Exports, and Huckleberries

When it comes to huckleberry picking, no one is happy. In. Out. Movement. That is transportation. Moving the Gorge’s natural resources—lumber, fish, water—affects who gets it and the impacts of the transport. This movement of goods is how we wrap up our Transportation focus. Des Campbell looks at one: huckleberries in the national forests. Read more here…


Impervious, Part III

Rivers and lakes suffer many insults from human activities, but the Clean Water Act sets limits on how much sediment and chemicals they can receive. In the final installment of our Impervious series we look at the rules governing stormwater runoff and what you can do to help.  Read More

News Bites

  • Mid-Columbia Fisheries has released the final version of the Lower White Salmon Fish Habitat Conservation Approach document. Read the Approach Document and learn about the conservation plan for the White Salmon River.
  • Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute presents Dana Lyons and his his eclectic mix of conservation and social justice music at Hood River’s Columbia Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. More Info
  • It’s your last chance to order plants! The Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District is still taking orders for their local plant sale until Friday March 20th. Plants will be available for purchase the day of the sale April 3rd 1pm-5pm or April 4th 9am-1pm.  hoodriverswcd.org
  • Staff photographer Jurgen Hess will be leading beginner and advanced digital photography classes this spring, beginning mid April. Sign up through Community Education. $70 per class. More Info

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Imports, Exports, and Huckleberries

In. Out. Movement. That is transportation. Moving the Gorge’s natural resources—lumber, fish, water—affects who gets it and the impacts of the transport. This movement of goods is how we wrap up our Transportation focus. Des Campbell looks at one: huckleberries in the national forests. SEH & EKK

When it comes to huckleberry picking, no one is happy.

Huckleberries Autumn, photo by Jurgen HessThe huckleberry picking business revolves around the same thing all businesses do – money. And when that’s the bottom line, it’s understandable why permitting of commercial huckleberry picking has pickers and buyers upset. Permitting limits their season and the amount that they can […]

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Impervious. Part III. The Rules, The Actions

What Are the Rules?

Rivers and lakes suffer many insults from human activities, but the Clean Water Act sets limits on how much sediment and chemicals they can receive. […]

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Birding Season

From the four-foot tall Sandhill Cranes to the five inch MacGillivray’s Warblers, the migratory birds are returning to the Columbia Gorge this spring. Come join wildlife biologists and amateur birders on guided walks and hikes. Here are a few…. […]

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Impervious, Part II

The Ten Percent.
Scientists and planners say: if ten percent of the surface area of a watershed is impermeable, its stream channels are destabilized and fish habitat degrades. The number of fish species as well as the abundance of their eggs and larvae declines sharply at this level. […]

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Position: Community Organizer

General Responsibilities: The Community Organizer is responsible for volunteer communications, training, and for organizing Portland-metro area communities in support of a new Mt. Hood National Forest management plan. […]

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Impervious

This is Part 1 of Impervious, an Envirogorge series on transportation. Writer Valerie Brown explores what it takes to create ease of movement in the Columbia River Gorge. SEH & EKK

You’re on a home improvement kick. You pour a new concrete driveway, put on a new roof black asphalt shingles, clean your rain gutters making sure the downspouts feed into the stormwater drains […]

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Challenge yourself to win

Only 17 days for a chance to win lunch for two at Blue Elephant Indian food cart! Test your knowledge. What moves through the Gorge? Take the Transportation Quiz.

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Transportation Quiz

Lot’s of things pass through The Gorge every day.  See if you can guess how many.  We will hold a drawing of top scorers, the winner will receive a gift certificate for lunch for two from the Blue Elephant Indian food truck in Hood River.

Drawing will be held Friday February 20th.