Salmon at a Crossroads

with Miles Johnson Lecture Description: In 2015, roughly 250,000 sockeye salmon died in the Columbia and Snake rivers because water temperatures were too hot. Sockeye also sought refuge, and died, in the Little White Salmon River and nearby tributaries in the Gorge....

Grow a Pear!

with Lesley Tamura & Adam McCarthy Lecture Description: Washington and Oregon produce more pears than any other states in the U.S. (#1 & #2). And Hood River County grows more Anjou Pears than anywhere else in the world! Here in the Gorge, pears have darn near...

A History of Wildfire in the Gorge

with Chris Donnermeyer Lecture Description: Recent catastrophic fires in Oregon and Washington have been a stark reminder of wildlands fire’s place on the landscape, but also the detrimental effects it can have on people and the environment. First Peoples have...

Battle of the Bugs: How Insects Impact the Gorge

with Christopher Adams Lecture Description: Tree fruit production is a defining characteristic of life in The Gorge. Pear and cherry production is fraught with challenges from insect pests that want to eat this fruit as much as we do. Pesticides are an important tool...