Valley Residents Committee celebrates 35th anniversary

The Hood River Valley Residents Committee recently celebrated 35 years of history in helping protect the Hood River valley. The celebration and annual meeting was held at Kate Mills’ house in Mt. Hood.

Present and elected board members are Ron Cohen, Peter Cornelison, Margo Early, Scott Franke, Judie Hanel, Jeff Hunter, Deanna Joyer, Larry Martin, Mike McCarthy, Nick Kraemer and Polly Wood.

The short history of accomplishments was presented by past president Ron Cohen. In 1977, the residents committee was successful in stopping a one-house-per-1-acre development, which could have ruined many upper valley farms and orchards. Most recently, the residents committee was successful in increasing the Mount Hood Wilderness acreage and protecting the Crystal Springs watershed, which services over a third of Hood River County.

County Commissioner Karen Joplin gave an enthusiastic talk covering the new countywide medical insurance program and discussed the importance of our county water resources and other county budget and land use issues.

Jason Miner, executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, spoke about statewide issues and the importance of local land use groups, like the HRVRC, protecting Oregon’s farm and forest lands and quality of life.

The group thanked Peter Cornelison, outgoing chair of HRVRC, for the past three years and also thanked the newly nominated co-chairs Jeff Hunter and Polly Wood.

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The Fourth Annual Hood River Harvest Bike Ride will be held Sept. 29. More information is at HRVRC.org and hrharvestride.com.

The vision of the Hood River Valley Residents Committee is to conserve farms, forests and other natural resources through sound planning that promotes quality of life in the Hood River valley now and in the future.

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