When a plan was proposed to connect two sections of Highway 30 by constructing one mile of highway from Tanner Creek to Moffet Creek, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) took on both the engineering design and public relations challenges in coordinating the involvement of multiple public agencies. The plan included a bike and pedestrian pathway that will eventually become part of a l00-mile trail extending from Portland to The Dalles. Since the scenic corridor encompasses forests, creeks, waterfalls, and shoreline visible from both the Washington and Oregon sides of the Columbia River, ODOT engineering design staff had to coordinate input from numerous agencies- Washington Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and local county and city governments - while addressing the environmental and aesthetic requirements of the Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee (HCRHAC) and the Columbia Gorge Commission.
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Biomass is Carbon Neutral – What Does This Mean for Sustainability?
The topic of climate change is not without its fair share of controversy, and while there are dozens of conflicting scientific and political perspectives at play, one positive that has emerged from the chaos is that the average global citizen is far more aware of the importance of sustainability and environmental responsibility than perhaps ever before. This has trickled into the realm of official policy making, as developed nations all over the world have begun to turn their attention towards diversifying their...
Biomass harvesting: how forest thinning can help prevent wildfires
Every year, wildfires plague the nation. Once there’s an ignition source, dry foliage in country areas can quickly go up in flames, spreading through woodlands or grasslands quickly. While some wildfires can be small, others can be devastating and blaze through thousands of acres.While there’s no way to predict where wildfires may start, there are ways to minimize the damage of risk-prone areas. One great way to reduce wildfire hazards is biomass harvesting.In this blog, we’ll discuss wildfires,...
WaStop chosen to protect Forest View residents and property from flooding - Case Study
Location: Forest View Customer: The Village of Forest View Problem: Originally Forest View had a combined sewer and stormwater system. As the area became popular development occurred which lead to more hard surface areas, which lead to higher runoff during rainy periods. This became such a problem that, in the 1960’s the sewer and stormwater system was split to ensure that high rainfall events didn’t overload the sewer system causing backflow into residential properties. The two split systems...
This man turned an opium field into a sustainable coffee farm in Thailand
Somsak Sriphumthong is on a caffeine-fueled mission. After years living and working abroad, the organic farmer and community leader returned to his native Thailand several years ago — during a time when the forests were being cleared for opium fields and rice plantations. Seeking a sustainable alternative, he started growing and selling organic coffee beans on reclaimed land. Why coffee? Sriphumthong says he “didn’t want to take advantage of society … or harm people” while earning...
Opportunities to Generate Cash Flow for Family Forests Using Conservation Payments
There has been significant discussion about the merits of stacking conservation payments over the past few years. A simple explanation for credit stacking is when landowners are paid for conservation practices on their property that provide multiple benefits to the environment. Examples of credits types that might be stacked include: endangered species, water quality, wetlands, and carbon. Environmental credit stacking will be an important factor for forestland owners to consider as they attempt to generate...