Guest Field Notes, June 27: Stay cool, and keep a low profile

That's a view down the upper valley of Eagle Creek, June 18. A week ago my wife & I went up there together, from the place called Boulder Park. There is no longer the resort that is shown on old USGS topographic maps. That improvement (its removal) must have happened shortly before we settled in Oregon and set up camp for the long term, about 26 miles downstream, about 26 years ago, for the map says "field checked 1987." Boulder Park is in the lower left; we visited Culver Lake and Bear Lake in their glacial cirques halfway up on the east side, and Cached Lake near the top on the west side of Eagle Creek. Above Copper Creek Falls, there was water everywhere! The hillsides were under flood ir

Travel Management Planning Letter to Secretary Perdue

In early March of 2019, six eastern Oregon counties submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking that the Maheur and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests be exempted from the 2005 Travel Planning Rule. Both forests have deferred work on Travel Management for many years; in the case of the Malheur, they haven’t worked on Travel Management since 2010, and the Wallowa-Whitman put this planning process on hold in 2012. In the meantime, every other National Forest in the country has completed the process. This gives these two forests the distinction of being the only two forests with unregulated cross-county travel (prohibited by the Travel Management Rule). They also have some o

CdV's Field Notes, 6/10/19: Charismatic Microfauna

Y’all may know that I’m trained as a poet, and one of the things that gets hammered into poets is to notice what you notice. Get intimate with your subject; find the detail, detail, detail; show don’t tell; be precise! During these first few weeks of summer at GHCC, we’re giving this intimate attention to bugs. Which bugs? Pollinators, especially bumblebees, because (as you may have heard) we’re helping out Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation by leading surveys in remote parts of our mission area for the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas. But it turns out that when you’re out in the woods with your friend chasing one kind of insect— crawling through rose bushes, detaching your net

Pollinator Survey and Campout Details

Bumblebee Campout Details! WHO will be there: You, GHCC, families and friends, flowers and bumblebees, birds and elk. WHERE we’ll be: Our Base Camp is a dry camp along Cemetery Ridge Road (NF 780). Follow the directions (attached) to Buckhorn Overlook from Enterprise. *Just* shy of the overlook (up the hill from the campground), there’s a Y in the road. Take a left at the Y and you’ll find us. Look for my silver Ford Escape and a shade awning. You’re welcome to dry camp with us there, or, if you’d prefer a slightly more developed option, Buckhorn Campground has spring water and a vault toilet. Once you’re out at Buckhorn, this image will give you the lay of the land: → NOTE: you won’t have c

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