Pledge to use a boot brush each and every time you enter and exit a Gorge trailhead
When you head out for a hike in the Columbia Gorge, take note of a simple act of conservation: trailhead boot brushes. Trailhead boot brushes do more than just clean your boots before you get back in your vehicle. They minimize the spread of noxious weeds, which keep getting worse as the numbers of hikers increase.
Weed seeds hitch rides on tires, animal fur, gear, and boots. Boot brushes reduce the spread of invasive weeds when hikers brush off their footwear before and after hiking. Many weeds travel with hikers from urban areas, so cleaning boots before you hike keeps unnoticed hitchhikers from escaping into the wild. Then clean your boots after a hike to prevent spreading weeds to other trails or your own backyard.
Friends, the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area, and other organizations and agencies have partnered to give weeds the boot by educating the public about the importance of boot brushes at Gorge trailheads.
Pledge to Use a Gorge Boot BrushAdd your name to the growing list of individuals that are concerned about the rapidly increasing spread of invasive weeds in the Columbia Gorge. Commit to using a trailhead boot brush every time you are on a Gorge trail - before and after you hike!
Where Are Trailhead Boot Brushes in the Gorge?Boot brushes have been installed at over 25 Gorge trailheads in the past four years through the Pulling Together Initiative of the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area. Boot brushes are ready for you to use at our Mosier Plateau and Lyle Cherry Orchard land trust properties.
To celebrate Earth Day weekend (April 22-23) Friends of the Columbia Gorge and the Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area will be hosting information booths at trailheads throughout the Gorge. Volunteers at the trailheads will draw attention to boot brushes and encourage hikers to use them as well as offer field guide books on weeds in the Gorge.
Volunteer on Earth Day Weekend at the Boot Brush Kick-off!
- If you are interested in volunteering for this event at the Mosier Plateau or Lyle Cherry Orchard, email Land Stewardship Coordinator Sara Woods, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are interested in volunteering elsewhere in the Gorge, please sign up here (this is in collaboration with CGCWMA): http://signup.com/go/Z1ZQ9v