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Over 170 Cabin owners gathered at the Welches Middle School on Saturday, July 13, 2019 to view cabin security options and participate in a panel of Forest Service personnel from Zigzag Ranger station – 8 in total including Bill Westbrook, District Ranger; Greg Martin, Permit Administration; Jon Mireles, Zigzag Law Enforcement Officer; David Lebo, Botanist; Jeff Goldberg, Botanist specializing Cougar and Bear; Bill Mitchell, Zigzag Road Manager; David Bihr, Asst Fire Management officer on the Mt Hood National Forest and Nathan Fletcher, Special Use Permit Administration Supervisor.
The food was fabulous, the weather was perfect and the panel answered questions for over an hour. Many raffle prized were issued and feedback from attendees were pleased and stated it was an excellent meeting.
The new website was outlined and will be going live in the next few weeks. For all those that sign in once receiving their welcome letter will be entered into a raffle for a $250 pendelton wool blanket of Mt Hood. Stay tuned for more information!
We will post a recap of questions and answers from the panel Q&A soon!
A road closure will occur on the Still Creek Road (Rd 2612), that connects Rhododendron to Trillium Lake. The closure will occur from approximately mid-July to mid-October for culvert replacement over Tributary C of Still Creek with a bridge. Fiber Optic lines will be relocated beginning on June 25th. The road will be completely closed until Friday, June 28. After this work the road will be re-opened and then work will resume in mid-July and a longer closure will take effect.
Just wanted to send out a quick reminder that a culvert is being replaced with a bridge approximately 7 miles up on Still Creek Road. The closure has just begun and could go into mid-October. See our Mt. Hood NF website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices/?aid=52909
Tree-trimming, vegetation removal and power line upgrades begin in PGE Right Of Ways Safety is PGE’s No.1 priority. That’s why, throughout the year, we trim and remove trees and other vegetation near our equipment and along power line Rights Of Way. This helps us deliver safe, reliable power to you and your neighbors by avoiding downed lines and outages. With hotter, dryer summers becoming more common, the risk of wildfires are increasing. This summer, we are doing our part to reduce wildfire risk by maintaining a safe distance between our equipment and vegetation – especially within our power line corridors. We will be increasing our presence and are expanding our hazardous tree removal program to clear dead, dying and diseased trees. In advance of this work, we have coordinated with the U.S. Forestry Service team on permitting requirements to address any environmental and operational concerns. We will continue to work closely with the USFS in managing debris and any wood associated with this work. In addition to the tree and vegetation work, our line crews will also be inspecting and mreaking upgrades to our equipment to ensure they are up to our standards. Construction Details: Much of the Right Of Way is located along one-way roads heading in and out of mountain communities. For safety purposes, we will have intermittent lane closures while accessing these sites with large vehicles. Our crews will make every effort to minimize these disruptions, but they are likely throughout the summer, especially when working on hazardous tree removals. We appreciate your patience when traveling through work zones, and remember to stay clear of crew operations when work is taking place nearby your location. Anticipated work hours: • Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. •
To expedite our work and accomplish, crews may need to work on Saturdays as late summer months tend to have more fire risk days. • Tree trimming efforts are expected to continue into the fall, but our work is restricted when fire levels increase. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure safe, reliable power.
Celebrate the Fourth, but Please Leave the Fireworks at Home! Sandy, OR – June 28, 2019 For many, the Fourth of July means celebrating our country’s independence with barbecues, camping, and of course fireworks. The Mt. Hood National Forest encourages the public to enjoy the holiday weekend, but to do so safely – and to be especially mindful of wildfire prevention on your public lands. While there are no campfire restrictions at this time, campers are encouraged to think carefully before starting a campfire and to take measures to ensure that their fire burns safely and is thoroughly extinguished before leaving camp. Visitors to national forests should always use caution to prevent human-caused wildfires. To reduce wildfire risk, please consider the following: • Fireworks are never allowed on federal public lands. This includes smaller consumer fireworks such as sparklers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, and smoke balls. • Before camping, learn of any fire restrictions in place and never leave a campfire unattended. Build campfires in open areas, preferably in existing fire rings. Make sure campfires are fully out and cool to the touch before leaving the area. (Please use the water and shovel technique.) • When smoking, always dispose of cigarette debris in an ashtray. • Avoid driving and parking in tall grasses. Exhaust particles and hot exhaust pipes can start grass fires. Even chains dragging along the ground, such as those on ATVs, can spark fires. Richard Periman, Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor says, “Enjoy your national forest, but please, leave the fireworks at home!” There are many events taking place this holiday weekend during which the public can enjoy some amazing firework displays in nearby communities. The Forest encourages visitors to check out local fireworks shows, including: Estacada Timber Festival: July 4, PGE Timber Park, Estacada Fort Dalles Fourth Fireworks: June 30, The Dalles Hood River Independence Day Festivities: July 4, Hood River Waterfront, Hood River Happy Valley Family Festival: July 4, Happy Valley Park, Happy Valley Portland Blues Festival and Fireworks Displays: July 4, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland Numerous road repair and improvement projects have begun or will begin in July. As you plan your Fourth of July visit to the Mt. Hood National Forest please be aware that there may be short delays, flagging, or closures that could impact your planned route. Check our Roads Table for current and upcoming road work or contact a Ranger District Visitor’s Center before beginning your journey. Road conditions vary greatly across the Forest and some roads may be used for log hauling. Please use caution on rough roads and roads where large equipment may be present. The employees of the Mt. Hood National Forest wish everyone a safe, fun holiday weekend and encourage you to explore our beautiful public lands. # “USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.”
We have formed a relationship with a local businessman in Rhododendron to house a Bliss Sanitation dumpster as well as recycle bins for glass, paper, tin etc.
If you are a current member of MHFHA you should have received an email with the lock combination code and exact location. If you did not receive the code, please just email us and we will send it to you.
We have agreed to a six month trial with Bliss Sanitation and will reassess this program in the fall of 2019.
7-11-19 update: We had someone tamper with our lock and we had to replace. This caused the dumpster to be unable to unlock for 3 days. The code is back working. We cannot post the code here since this is a public website. If you are a member, email us and we will issue you the code. Thank you for your patience. MHFHA