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By Peter Cornelison
Friends of the Columbia Gorge 

How did the Gorge clear-cut get there?

Guest Commentary


It’s hard not to notice the 110-acre clear-cut between Hood River and Mosier above the historic highway bike trail. How did this clear-cut happen without public notice and input?

Since there was no public notice or opportunity or comment, Friends of the Columbia Gorge staff filed records requests with public agencies and met with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to determine how this happened. What emerged can best be described as a total breakdown of government accountability to uphold and enforce environmental laws.

The clear-cut is located on land managed by the BIA and also on land owned by SDS Lumber Company. The BIA tribal land is exempt from National Scenic Area protection, b...

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