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by chrisca
March 21st, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Covid-19
Replies: 139
Views: 4231

Re: Covid-19

Trailheads are already filling up. On Thursday, Catherine Creek had 100+ cars. Yesterday, the Dog Mountain lot was full. Even though Multnomah Falls has closed the indoor facilities, it was very crowded around the lodge. Don't go to the crowded places. The risk there is almost as bad as being downto...
by chrisca
March 12th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: welcome to tick season 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1390

Re: welcome to tick season 2019

The Lyle Cherry Orchard is also known as the Columbia Gorge Tick Preserve. Last year was a mast year, when oaks bear a bumper crop of acorns. That drives a rodent population explosion. Coupled with the warm winter, lots of ticks will be with us this year.
by chrisca
March 12th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Lost & Found
Topic: Found 3/11: Women's watch, Labyrinth/Catherine Creek
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Found 3/11: Women's watch, Labyrinth/Catherine Creek

Found a women's watch in the Labyrinth area March 11. PM me with description & I'll get it back to you.
by chrisca
February 18th, 2020, 11:33 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: More fees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Replies: 47
Views: 2540

Re: More fees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

I track these numbers. Here's the GPNF collections & carryover.
GPNF Expenses.jpg
GPNF Carryover.jpg
by chrisca
October 31st, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: FS Gorge Sustainable Trails Survey due November 7
Replies: 7
Views: 540

FS Gorge Sustainable Trails Survey due November 7

The Forest Service has finally issued a survey to the hiking community that was previously circulated among "stakeholder groups." This is your chance to comment on what you want to see in the Gorge trail system, but it's under a very tight deadline. Find the PDF at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/F...
by chrisca
October 21st, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Events and Announcements
Topic: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA
Replies: 11
Views: 2037

Re: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA

So while the FLREA requires local distribution (to a site or an "area" - is the CRGNSA not an "area"?), 20-40% of the fees can still be appropriated into the broader agency budget. But it sounds like your contention is that since the FS either ties its fee collection to the individual sites (ie, TH...
by chrisca
October 20th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Events and Announcements
Topic: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA
Replies: 11
Views: 2037

Re: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA

It's on page 3 of the position statement, in coded language: "1. The Plan’s current approach is to meet recreation demand with more supply; constructing more recreation sites. Are there other considerations that could be added to the RIC Guidelines to respond to demand without necessarily building m...
by chrisca
October 19th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Events and Announcements
Topic: Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA
Replies: 11
Views: 2037

Forest Service Gorge Trails Management Plan Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Carson, WA

The Forest Service is working on a response to the Gorge Commission's 2020 Management Plan draft. The first draft asked for more trails in the Gorge to address crowding. The Forest Service (FS) is pushing back on this idea, asking instead for alternatives such as quotas and fees to deter visitation....
by chrisca
June 22nd, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Events and Announcements
Topic: Gorge sustainable trail co-visioning event June 27: Hiker participation needed
Replies: 0
Views: 453

Gorge sustainable trail co-visioning event June 27: Hiker participation needed

Recently, the Forest Service conducted a stakeholder survey of nonprofits, tribes, and government agencies about needs for a sustainable trail network in the Columbia Gorge. They will present results of the survey on Thursday, June 27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cascade Locks Marine Park Pavilio...
by chrisca
May 21st, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 4943

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

The argument will not be won or lost here. It's going on all around us, and many are talking about the issue of social media impact on fragile natural areas. In time, we will watch this play out. I claim we will end up someday controlling how sharing is done online after enough damage is done to mak...