Tuesday, December 13, 2005
November 26, 2005
Six people gathered at the Seven Streams trailhead Nov. 6 to flag the fate of Post Canyon’s main trail.
The group decided to re-route it to the west side of the creek and incorporate sections of the existing trail, including four or five stream crossings, into the new one.
The new re-route followed an Oct. 11 flagging of the 24-year-old trail that would have placed it 75 feet up the hillside to the east, eliminating all stream crossings but one.
“The original new location, no one seemed to like,” Hood River County Forester Brent Gleason told the Forest Trails Recreation Committee at its Nov. 15 meeting. “So the group that was there flagged the new location … it has more stream crossings than I wanted.”
The new proposed location for the trail also grants it a layer of protection from timber harvests – something that generates $4 to $5 million a year for the county – due to a 20-foot no touch buffer, which prevents logging near streambeds.
Under the new plan, Seven Streams would remain a non-motorized trail, meaning it would accommodate horseback riders, hikers, bicyclists and dog walkers.
The county, however, will not build bridges to accommodate them.
“The consensus of the horsepeople was they won’t ride bridges anyway no matter how wide they are,” said committee member Jen Bisset.
Since horseback riders account for an insignificant amount of the traffic on Seven Streams, the new rule would allow them to continue crossing the streambeds to reach the other side.
“If we start building bridges to accommodate horses,” Gleason said, “costs are going to go up dramatically.”
“Three to four times, at least,” said Pat Monahan, trailbuilder and committee member.
Jill VanWinkel and Chris Bernhardt, International Mountain Bicycling Association representatives, estimated $5,000 for a bridge engineered for horses.
“Horsepeople want to use the trail but they’re not going to use the bridges anyway,” Gleason echoed. “So why waste county money on bridges the horsepeople are going to go around? Not that many horses ride that trail anymore anyway.”
Meanwhile, assistant county forester Henry Buckalew will begin writing for a Recreation Trails Program grant that would help pay for the trail’s relocation.
Relocation of the Seven Streams trail appeared on the Forest Recreation Trails Committee agenda two months ago, after the Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District noticed excessive erosion.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge