Sometime within in the last week work crews began preparing the site for
the Metapoiesis event in the Columbia Gorge. To the shock of the locals
living around the land, as well as many of us who live in Portland, they came with earth moving equipment and chainsaws.
As you can see from the pictures the road built was devistating. The road
you see was built over the top of a logging road that was cut when the place was logged many
years ago. Locals have spent many years working to return this land to the Ponderosa Pine and
Oak ecosystem that is native to this area. From my discussion with them apparently this road
was also widened significantly and much of it didn't follow the decommissioned road at all. In
addition, you can see from some close up pictures that several Ponderosa Pines have been all but
killed by digging up a significant portion of their roots, some where cut down all together.
One local told me that approx. 30 Oak trees as old as 60 years old had been cut as well.
Locals responded by posting a complaint on the Oracle Gathering site which was subsequently
removed....however Oracle did come to see what the complaint was about. Apparently, as I was
told by locals again, they admitted that they had made a mistake and apologized. There are
rumors that many volunteers have agreed to boycott this years event.
I've been asked to relay a message from members of the Mosier Creek community.
Although the locals believe that City Repair and Oracle Gatherings are valuable organizations
they are deeply disappointed in the events of this past week they are not happy they have come
to Mosier Creek. They do not believe that the event as planned is good for the local ecosystem and are asking people not to come.
One last note. In no way do I, or the folks in Mosier Creek watershed, think that
City Repair is worthy of complete condemnation. On the contrary. City Repair is a
great organization that has done fantastic things for Portland.
Just not this time.