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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: 224

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: 3567

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...
by chrisca
May 21st, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 3567

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

So, are you against regulating fire, motorized vehicles, hunting, unpermitted camping, harvesting wild plants for sale on public land, et cetera? The Internet is another technology no different from others we've needed to regulate to protect natural areas from exploitation. It may not be regulated t...
by chrisca
May 20th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 3567

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

I'll also leave this with everyone to see why the Internet is a different animal from traditional paper-based methods of sharing trail information. Copying is free, unlimited, and has a reach that's enabled by the viral replication the web provides. So the information from one page ends up somewhere...
by chrisca
May 20th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 3567

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

Good discussion here, I hope land managers and nonprofits take a look (also, in the mirror.) One thing I want to note is that there is criticism of the damage I've documented saying "It's not that bad." The point is, it's not that bad yet. It's significantly worsened in only three years or so. In an...
by chrisca
May 20th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 3567

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

The shuttle IS a limit. There are a limited number of trips per day, in a limited size bus, with limited hours of service. I heard it directly from a Forest Service staffer who had input into the decision. Summit damage was a big consideration in limiting access, as was safety at the parking lot. Oh...
by chrisca
May 17th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 3567

Re: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

This damage is definitely unsightly and it would be better if it wasn't there. My question, is it more than just unsightly is it ecologically damaging? I don't know the answer but it's an incredibly small area of the hill as a whole and if the area has no plants that are unique to the summit it's h...
by chrisca
May 16th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Wygant Peak 5-12-19
Replies: 5
Views: 759

Re: Wygant Peak 5-12-19

Thanks for bringing this trail back from the dead. Now, let's do Shellrock Mountain!
by chrisca
May 16th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: The Memaloose Hills and Social Media
Replies: 79
Views: 3567

The Memaloose Hills and Social Media

Over the past three years or so, visitor traffic at the Memaloose Hills has dramatically increased. This website has a field guide page for it at https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Memaloose_Hills_Hike . Damage to the summit at one of the hills after the spring bloom season has created a tramp...
by chrisca
February 20th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: FS Service Wishram Webcam Funding Cut
Replies: 6
Views: 453

FS Service Wishram Webcam Funding Cut

The Forest Service has a webcam looking west from Wishram toward The Dalles at https://www.fsvisimages.com/index.aspx. For years, it's been a great way for hikers to judge conditions in the eastern Gorge. It also has value to researchers and others who look at air quality issues such as wildfire smo...