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MOUNT HOOD stands tall in this picture taken near the Polallie Creek Trailhead off Highway 35. The Hood River County Commission recently rejected a letter of support for designating forestlands in the vicinity of the creek and other areas in the county as wilderness.

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County split on proposal to expand wilderness areas in national forest

A conservation group seeking wilderness expansion in the Mount Hood National Forest got a mixed response from Hood River County Commissioners last week after asking to a proposal that would designate well over 3,000 acres of national forest in the county as protected wilderness.

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