PORTLAND — The federal government’s management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement.
A conservation group seeking wilderness expansion in the Mount Hood National Forest got a mixed response from Hood River County Commissioners last week after asking to a proposal that would designate well over 3,000 acres of national forest in the county as protected wilderness.
As February arrives, Hood River County’s backyard hill, Cooper Spur Ski Area, remains closed for lack of snow, but owner Mt. Hood Meadows stands ready for when the white stuff finally arrives.
Environmental group calls project ‘a significant assault’ on forests
A proposed U.S. Forest Service timber thin west of Parkdale has caught the eye of environmental groups and resulted in an outpouring of public comment from those concerned about the potential impact of the project — officially named “Lava Restoration.”
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will be offering its first firewood sale in 10 years, at Collins Slide, near Home Valley, Wash., from Feb. 10-27.
102-acre area in Dee currently owned by Western Rivers Conservancy
There are plenty of options in the Gorge for a summer swim, but Punchbowl Falls on the West Fork of the Hood River near Dee is a favorite of many.
Marking the beginning of an end to nearly three decades of restoration efforts, the Oregon Department of Transportation is poised to start physical work this spring on reconnecting the final portions of the Historic Columbia River Highway.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Would you like to meet people from all over the world and teach them about historic places, or help protect our natural resources? Bonneville Lock and Dam needs volunteers on weekends during the spring, fall and winter months to help run its visitor centers, powerhouse display gallery, bookstore and Natural Resource program.
Can we farm forever? That is precisely the question that producers of the documentary film The Perpetual Farm set out to discuss. Gorge Grown Food Network will launch its Winter Film Series on Jan. 23 with a screening of “The Perpetual Farm” at North Shore Café, located at 166 E. Jewett Blvd. in downtown White Salmon. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the 30-minute documentary will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Driving around the Hood River Valley in winter, it is easy to notice a lot of damaged pastures and livestock standing hoof-deep in mud. This time of year we tend to accept mud as a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can avoid most mud problems by taking a few steps to manage the soil and water on your land.
It’s been almost 25 years since the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington Department of Ecology entered into an agreement to clean up the Hanford Site — widely considered to be the most contaminated nuclear site in the nation.
Wet and windy weather brings much-needed mountain snow
Storm packs If you were one of the well-over-1,000 people who lost power Saturday morning, you can blame Mother Nature.
Icy roads send semi over the edge
A steep grade and slick road conditions caused a semi-trailer to go over an embankment along Highway 35 Wednesday morning and narrowly miss taking a plunge into the icy East Fork of the Hood River.
There were plenty of fish in the river but regional water supplies were far from plentiful in 2013. Those are just two highlights of news in the Hood River News in the second half of the year. Here is a summary of events covered from July to December 2013, with a few updates. (Part I ran in the Jan. 1 edition.)
Cold, yet active: that’s the forecast for the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, outdoors in the mid-Columbia Gorge.