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A visualization model of the newly discovered Mount Hood Fault Zone, images courtesy of study co-author Ashley R. Streig

The newly discovered Mount Hood Fault Zone adds an admittedly ominous but also quite fascinating layer of underlying complexity to one of the most climbed, skied and beloved mountains on the planet. So what is the Mount Hood Fault Zone? Where exactly is it located? How was it discovered, and what can we learn from the research?

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Breeding wolves have returned to Mount Hood.

Decades after they were run out of Western Oregon by human encroachment, wild wolves have found their way back to the Mount Hood wilderness, where they are breeding, hunting, and surviving.

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Nice kitty. Please. Pic courtesy US Fish & Wildlife, through Creative Commons

Before we wade into a discussion of the beautiful, powerful creatures known as pumas or mountain lions or cougars, we should first acknowledge that it would be absolutely terrifying to be stalked and mauled by a wild cat that large, powerful, and quick.

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The View from Heather Chair serves as a reminder of an environment worth protecting.

Mt. Hood Meadows has added to its green credentials by being named “Recycler of the Year” in the business category by the Association of Oregon Recyclers.

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Please don't erupt any time soon.

Mount Hood made news in spring of 2016 when scientists reported 77 minor earthquakes swarming the mountain over 24 hours.

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This map shows the two parcels of land uphill from Govy that would become Mt. Hood Meadows property in exchange for 770 acres around Cooper Spur. The two parcels extend from across the street from the Mt. Hood Brewery to Summit Ski Area.

A Mt. Hood Land Exchange bill authored by U.S. Representative Greg Walden gained unanimous approval from the House Natural Resources Committee on March 16, a big step toward closing a deal that has been stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire for years.

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Russ Plaeger of Bark, exploring Heather Canyon.

Russ Plaeger and Casey Gatz may not agree on many things when it comes to the forests of Mt. Hood, but they do share the perspective that 100-plus years of stopping every wildfire has created a large and complicated problem.

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The East Fork of Hood River

Activists with the environmental group Bark, who call themselves the “defenders of Mount Hood,” are challenging a 3,000-acre timber sale planned for the north side of the mountain.

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Matthew Drake, President of Mt. Hood Meadows.

Mt. Hood Meadows President Matthew Drake and his allies have been trying for years to complete an ambitious land deal that would protect more than 700 acres around Cooper Spur and make Meadows a major property owner in the nearby Mt. Hood town of Government Camp.

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It all flows downhill.

The annual cleanup of the headwaters of the Salmon River on Mount Hood will be followed by an on-the-water cleanup of the lower Sandy River, a week later and 50 miles downstream, so if you miss any plastic trash on the first day you still might be able to snag it before it reaches the ocean.

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