19 Jul June Newsletter
Drink a beer, stop a mine!
Come join us next Wednesday at 6:30pm at Base Camp Brewing to hear the latest on the Mount St. Helens mine proposal and win a $100 Columbia Sportswear gift certificate and cool outdoor gear. We expect a final decision on exploratory drilling permits for this pristine river valley any day now, so please join us as we mobilize local, state, and national opposition to this terrible idea. So far, we have sent tens of thousands of your petitions and postcards to the Forest Service and our senators, asking to stop this permit. We also worked with the Trust for Public Land, who originally owned the land, and other partners to argue for the protection of the unique ecological and recreational values of the valley, and the integrity of the Land and Water Conservation Fund — which funded the private land transfer to the Forest Service. Come learn more about this, and how you can help stop this mine.
Join the Facebook event by clicking here. See you next Wednesday!
Road Restoration in the Gifford Pinchot
Road restoration can offer many benefits for wildlife and ecosystems. People also benefit from an improved and simplified national forest road system! Road restoration can include everything from updating and repairing roads to closing or fully decommissioning them.
Presently, there are over 4,000 miles of roads in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, enough to go to Texas and halfway back. Many of these are not used or needed but remain on the system, impacting wildlife in a variety of ways. Roads can fragment habitat, increase sediment in streams, block stream connectivity, and increase the spread of invasive plants. Also, when there are too many roads to maintain, they can end up washing out, which can affect fish and wildlife populations, water quality and access to our favorite places in the forest.
Climate change is likely to exacerbate many of the negative impacts from roads, especially by increasing the amount and severity of high streamflow events. We need to work to ensure that our road network is resilient to these projected changes.
Upcoming Citizen Science Trips with CFC!
Join Cascade Forest Conservancy on one of our upcoming trips into the Gifford Pinchot! It is a chance to get out into the forest and do some good, as well as meet great people and explore our natural world.
Our planned trips for July include:
- July 8 (Sat): Survey of Streams and Forest Roads – Tour remote forest roads and streams near Wind River and Trapper Creek Wilderness to collect important field data on stream culverts, forest road conditions, erosion, and fish passage.
- July 15-16 (Sat-Sun): Timber Sale Survey – Help us collect on-the-ground information for upcoming sales that will increase our understanding of the ecological effects. This trip will take place in the timber sale units south of Packwood, WA, near Spirit Lake and Iron Creek.
To sign up for a trip, visit https://cascadeforest.
CFC Favorite Hikes: Falls Creek Falls
Hiking along Falls Creek Falls trail to the base of a waterfall is a great way to spend a hot summer day. This family-friendly hike crosses a suspension bridge and ends with fantastic views of Falls Creek Falls. Look closely for wildlife like otters and elk. If you want to see more waterfalls, consider visiting nearby Panther Creek Falls.
Distance: 3-7 miles roundtrip, depending on route.
How to get there: Take I-84 to Exit #44/Cascade Locks. Cross the Bridge of the Gods ($2 toll) and turn right toward Stevenson. Turn left onto the Wind River Highway toward Carson. A little after milepost 14, look for the Falls Creek Falls sign and turn right onto road #3062. Drive on this gravel road for about 2 miles until you reach a parking area and the trailhead.
© Bryan Swan
Welcome New Staff!
We’d like to welcome Amanda Keasberry to the Cascade Forest Conservancy team! Amanda will be joining as our Fieldwork Coordinator, bringing with her a strong background in forest research and spatial analysis. She’ll be working on the huckleberry monitoring project, leading riparian planting trips, and coordinating some of our citizen science work.