Pledge to Use Boot Brushes in the Gorge!

Pledge to Use Boot Brushes in the Gorge!
Hiking at Friends' Lyle Cherry Orchard land trust property, where boot brushes are installed at trailheads. (photographer: Kate Lindberg)

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 could increase as hike traffic grows.

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 Brush

Add 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! 
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Volunteer on Earth Day Weekend at the Boot Brush Kick-off!

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.
  • If you are interested in volunteering for this event at the Mosier Plateau or Lyle Cherry Orchard, email Land Stewardship Coordinator Sara Woods,
  • If you are interested in volunteering elsewhere in the Gorge, please sign up here (this is in collaboration with CGCWMA):

(Boot brush photos: Friends' photo archive & Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area)
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