We recently became aware of Weyerhaeuser’s plans to clearcut approximately 250 acres south of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail located east of Hood River. Many residents and visitors recreate on this trail to enjoy the scenic beauty and natural splendor the experience provides.

We are very concerned by the size and visibility of the proposed clearcuts and their effect on the quality of life that we enjoy in our communities. A loophole in the federal National Scenic Area Act may allow Weyerhaeuser to clearcut its forests in this area. We’re particularly disappointed that Weyerhaeuser never contacted Gorge community leaders to discuss their plans and open a dialogue to allow our communities to express their concerns and suggest logging practices that would better protect our scenic Gorge.