Do the Right Thing

Agencies Encourage Outdoor Enthusiasts to “Do The Right Thing”

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area — April 3, 2020

The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with more than a dozen federal, state and local agencies in and around the Columbia River Gorge to encourage outdoor enthusiasts to “do the right thing” and comply with public health directives to stay home and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Public lands within the boundaries of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are managed by several agencies and counties. Those agencies have temporarily closed lands and water access to adhere to state executive orders. Despite the closures, visitation to public lands has remained high, and last weekend, thousands of people converged again at parks, sites and trails.

Today, agencies are launching a social media campaign to ask the public to “do the right thing” by respecting these closures, which are in place to best protect the health and safety of the public, agency employees and first responders.

  • Because of the high density of visitors, it simply isn’t safe for people to visit lands or for employees to maintain sites in the Columbia River Gorge while we are in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Respect closures.
  • Don’t circumvent closures by “bushwhacking through the backcountry” right now, as you are taking unnecessary risks that may put a strain on local law enforcement and medical resources. The Gorge has steep slopes and drop-offs as well as unstable rock formations that create off-trail hazards.
  • Visiting public lands while facilities are closed leaves impacts on human health and the environment, as trash and human waste accumulates on the landscape. Each small action has a magnified effect when millions of visitors come, as they do each year in the Gorge.
  • Don’t use creative access points to trails to get around closures – ad hoc parking creates other hazards for motorists and blocks access by emergency services.
  • Remember, this is temporary. Trails and destinations will eventually reopen. Help everyone by doing the right thing for right now.

Oregon and Washington Departments of Transportation and Multnomah County Roads Department are supporting the effort by updating messaging signs for those entering the Columbia River Gorge and temporarily placing barricades to limit access to highly visited areas. Local law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols in the area.

Campaign partners include:

  • Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Friends of the Columbia Gorge
  • Hood River County Sheriff’s Office
  • Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office
  • Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann
  • Multnomah County Roads Department
  • Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Oregon State Parks
  • Skamania County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wasco County Sheriff’s Office
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington Department of Transportation
  • Washington State Parks
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District
  • USDA Forest Service

Aviso público – Audiencia pública – Community Development Block Grant

SE DA AVISO POR EL PRESENTE que se llevará a cabo una audiencia pública ante el Concejo Municipal del Concejo Municipal en las cámaras del concejo al 7121 E Loop. Rd, Stevenson, Washington el Jueves, 17 de Mayo a las 6:00 de la tarde.
El objetivo de la audiencia pública es revisar el desarrollo comunitario y las necesidades de vivienda, informar a los ciudadanos de la disponibilidad de fondos y usos elegibles de la subvención estatal de desarrollo comunitario (CDBG) y recibir comentarios sobre las actividades propuestas, particularmente de personas de bajos ingresos.

Se pueden poner a disposición de Stevenson hasta $ 750,000 a nivel estatal para financiar instalaciones públicas, instalaciones comunitarias, desarrollo económico, planificación y proyectos de viviendas asequibles que beneficien principalmente a personas de ingresos bajos y moderados.

Un resumen del Programa de Rehabilitación del Hogar propuesto estará disponible para su revisión en el Ayuntamiento de la Ciudad de Stevenson y en la página web de la ciudad comenzando de inmediato. Los comentarios también pueden enviarse por escrito a la Ciudad de Stevenson, 7121 E Loop. Rd, PO Box 371, Stevenson Washington 98648 a no más tardar de las 5:00 p.m. el jueves, 17 de Mayo de 2018

Un intérprete de español estará disponible. Las cámaras del consejo de la ciudad de Stevenson tienen acceso para discapacitados. Se realizarán arreglos adicionales para acomodar razonablemente las necesidades especiales al recibir un aviso con 24 horas de anticipación. Póngase en contacto con Leana Johnson en el Ayuntamiento de Stevenson, 509-427-5970.


Leana Johnson
Administrador de la ciudad

Public Notice – Public Hearing – Community Development Block Grant

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the City of Stevenson City Council in the council chambers at 7121 E Loop Rd, Stevenson, WA on Thursday, May 17th at 6:15 p.m.

The purpose of the public hearing is to review community development and housing needs, inform citizens of the availability of funds and eligible uses of the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and receive comments on proposed activities, particularly from lower income persons.

Up to $750,000 may be available to Stevenson on a statewide competitive basis to fund public facility, community facility, economic development, planning and affordable housing projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

An outline of the proposed Home Rehabilitation Program will be available for review at the City of Stevenson City Hall and on the city’s web page beginning immediately. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the City of Stevenson, 7121 E Loop Rd, PO Box 371, Stevenson, WA 98648 no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

A Spanish interpreter will be available. The City of Stevenson council chambers is handicap accessible. Additional arrangements to reasonably accommodate special needs will be made upon receiving 24-hour advance notice. Contact Leana Johnson at Stevenson City Hall, 509-427-5970.


Leana Johnson, City Administrator