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Bridging A Great Divide

The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge
Durbin, Kathie (Book - 2013)
Bridging A Great Divide
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In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, setting into motion one of the great land-use experiments of modern times. The act struck a compromise between protection for one of the West's most stunning landscapes--the majestic Gorge carved by Ice Age floods, which today divides Washington and Oregon--and encouragement of compatible economic development in communities on both sides of the river. In Bridging a Great Divide, award-winning environmental journalist Kathie Durbin draws on interviews, correspondence, and extensive research to tell the story of the major shifts in the Gorge since the Act's passage. Sweeping change has altered the Gorge's landscape: upscale tourism and outdoor recreation, gentrification, the end of logging in national forests, the closing of aluminum plants, wind farms, and a population explosion in the metropolitan area to its west. Yet, to the casual observer, the Gorge looks much the same as it did twenty-five years ago. How can we measure the success of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act? In this insightful and revealing history, Durbin suggests that the answer depends on who you are: a small business owner, an environmental watchdog group, a chamber of commerce. The story of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is the story of the Pacific Northwest in microcosm, as the region shifts from a natural-resource-based economy to one based on recreation, technology, and quality of life.
Authors: Durbin, Kathie
Title: Bridging a great divide
the battle for the Columbia River Gorge
Publisher: Corvallis :, Oregon State University Press,, 2013
Characteristics: xiii, 312 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Kathie Durbin
Contents: Introduction: the gift in our back yard
The vision
Hardly wilderness
Saving Steigerwald
Balancing act
The launch
Writing the rules
Early friction
The too-tall house
Fear and loathing
Land rush
Oregon pushback
A pile of rocks
Time to amend
Great debates
Showdown at Lyle Point
A destination resort
Rails to trails
The haze curtain
Logging loopholes
The casino deal
Whistling Ridge
Restoring a legacy
Rebuilding a historic highway
The recreation challenge
Cape Horn convergence
A river unleashed
A quarter century
The fight for the Gorge continues
ISBN: 0870717162
Branch Call Number: 979.7 D953b 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.) Politics and government Cultural property Protection Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.) Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.) Environmental conditons Nature conservation Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.) Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (Or. and Wash.) History
Topical Term: Cultural property
Nature conservation
LCCN: 2013006155
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The story of environmental protection and economic development of the Gorge, from the passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area legislation to the present time, by a local environmental journalist.

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