6 comments on “A Lament For The Gorge, But With Hope

  1. Considering that the Gorge was almost denuded of trees in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries (for mining, housing, and fuel) – and yet came back from that – is reason to hope. But, from the photos, it looks like a lot of it was a crown fire, so coming back to forest will take longer. Fortunately, they were able to save Multnomah Lodge. What drove a stake through our hearts was the loss to wildfire last week of the 100-year old Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park. That was a lighning-caused fire; while the Gorge fire was one of inexcusable negligence and idiocy.

    • It is all unfortunate. Things lost due to lightning is more palatable, in a way, since it is part of the natural process of things. Hopefully the lodge will be rebuilt. It certainly can be done, if there is the will to do it. I think of all the cathedrals in Germany. Most people visiting them now don’t know that how much damage they sustained during the war, yet they look remarkable today.

  2. The area around the falls is a type of rain forest. It will regenerate and be back to just a few snags showing and burned stumps still here and there in the next dozen or so years – much faster than in Yellowstone, just because of the rain forest type of area. In response to the lodge being rebuilt – it was saved by several fire agencies, including the Portland Fire Bureau, working together.

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