Hidden grove holds largest trees in Columbia Gorge

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, NOV. 21-22 - This photo taken Oct. 20, 2015, shows an unmarked trail in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Wash., on the edge of the Columbia River Gorge, that brings hikers among a grove of large Douglas fir and cedar trees. (Zach Urness/Statesman-Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

WILLARD, Wash. (AP) — To find the largest waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, all that’s required is a drive out Interstate 84 to the many viewpoints and trailheads east of Portland.

Growing up in the backcountry

Skiers climb up a slope after a fresh snowfall. Skins attached to the skis allow them to climb uphill. When removed, the skier then can glide downhill. The devices name is derived from old skis when actual animal fur with the skin attached served the same purpose. Photo courtesy Keely Kelleher

After three years of coaching camps at ski resorts, Keely Kelleher has trekked way off the groomed and glamorous slopes.

Giving thanks for our public lands

In the final winter of his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt was in a quandary. One of the first things Roosevelt did when he took office was to give himself the authority to create national forests and reserves. In March of Roosevelt’s last term, Congress attached a rider to the agricultural appropriations bill rescinding the ability of the president to create forests and reserves in the six “northwestern states”. Roosevelt felt compelled to sign the bill but realized he didn’t have to sign it for eight days. During those eight days, with the help of Chief of the Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, he created 22 more national forests to add to the 128 he had already established.

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