SENSE OF PLACE: Speaker explores ‘David Douglas in the Gorge’

Join the Columbia Gorge Earth Center on Thursday at Springhouse Cellar when author Jack Nisbet discusses David Douglas’s impact on the Columbia Gorge.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture is at 6:30 p.m. Cost is a $5 suggested donation.

Springhouse is at 13 Railroad St. in Hood River, next to Mt. Hood Railroad.

The next Sense of Place lecture will be Dec. 18, with Jon Tullis on “Timberline and Why it’s Cool.”

Nisbet will share slides and stories on Scottish naturalist David Douglas, who was the first trained naturalist to explore many parts of the Pacific Northwest. Douglas’ journals and letters offer an invaluable description of the Columbia River Gorge region between 1825-33, when he traveled with fur trade brigades and tribal guides into the high country on both sides of the river. What Douglas saw on those trips, and what parts of the that landscape remain relevant today, provide the main inspiration for Nisbet’s slide presentation.

Based in Spokane, Nisbet studied the human and natural history of the Northwest in his books, which include “Sources of the River”, “Visible Bones,” and “The Collector.” He and his wife, Claire, are the curators for David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work, an exhibit currently on view at the MAC in Spokane. The companion book for this exhibit is a collection of essays that relate aspects of Douglas’s work to the modern landscape.

The Columbia Gorge Earth Center is a nonprofit organization based in Hood River with a mission to strengthen connections between the people, ecology and economy of the Columbia River Gorge by facilitating dialogue and providing resources that empower our community to make sustainable choices.

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