R.L.K. and Company has operated Timberline Lodge since 1955. We possess a long-term commitment to the people, the environment, and the preservation of Mt. Hood and its National Historic Landmark, Timberline Lodge.
For over 60 years, R.L.K. and Company has been an integral part of the Mt. Hood community. We recognize that we operate within a cherished natural landscape and actively work towards the preservation of Timberline Lodge and its natural surroundings. We also recognize the close ties to our community and are committed to employing our local population, featuring local arts and crafts, and promoting the agricultural products of our region. Stewardship, after all, is not new here, but we can always do better. With this in mind, R.L.K. and Company invites you to explore the topics listed below to learn more about our stewardship activities.
R.L.K. and Company invites you to join us as we honor the rich history of Timberline Lodge by working together towards a brighter future.
Our success depends on keeping Mt. Hood beautiful for all those who visit today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter.
We call Mt. Hood home. For us, it’s not just about doing business locally. It’s about doing business right.
Stewardship is a collective effort. Help us reduce our impact on Mt. Hood by doing your part!
Through the National Forest Foundation's Ski Conservation Fund, Timberline has been supportive of and involved in habitat restoration projects including a big side channel restoration on the Salmon River.
Vegetation and in-stream habitat restoration was focused within specific reaches of our upper watershed- along Salmon River and Still Creek. The in-stream work created higher value spawning habitat including pools and riffles in an already productive area of the upper Sandy basin.
The Freshwater Trust (TFT), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have been leading the Partners restoration efforts on stream reaches of the Salmon River (BLM), South Fork of the Salmon River (USFS), and Still Creek (USFS) in the upper Sandy Basin.
In 2020, Spring Chinook returns to the Salmon River and South Fork of the Salmon River set project “world records”, with just over 70 redds/mile on the 2-mile long Salmon River restoration reach. This just edged out the former record established in 2017, and is more than 3.5 times the long-term average of 19 redds/mile prior to implementation of restoration actions in 2010.
On the South Fork of the Salmon River, 22 Chinook redds were surveyed on the 0.2-mile long project reach downstream of the Wilderness Boundary, which is equal to 110 redds/mile. Another 13 redds were in a 0.2 mile long side channel with newly restored flows.
Smolt outmigration was monitored in 2018 in both the Salmon River and Still Creek. Both streams set records for freshwater production in 2018 with coho and winter steelhead smolts numbers greatly increasing over those in 2010 (see graphic below). Smolt production benefited from the implementation of the USFS’s Still Creek Watershed Restoration Action Plan on 8 miles of Still Creek during 2012 to 2017, and implementation of restoration actions led by TFT and BLM on 3 miles of the Salmon River during 2010 to 2018.
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Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 | 9am - 4pm | Summit Ski Area
Timberline Lodge, The Village of Government Camp, Summit Ski Area, Mt. Hood Meadows, and Mt. Hood SkiBowl have collaborated for the first time to create an All Mountain Cleanup. Volunteers will meet at Summit Ski Area at 9AM and fuel up on coffee from Mt. Hood Coffee Roasters, snacks from New Seasons, and donuts from Voodoo Donuts before shuttling to the resorts to cleanup designated areas. We’re excited to have NW Trail Alliance on board this year with a mountain bike component to the cleanup. Bring your bikes and ride the Timberline to Town trail if you want to! Volunteers will meet back Summit Ski Area around 1PM for a massive group photo and an after party provided by 10 Barrel Brewing at the Ratskellar in Government Camp.
Please bring a refillable water bottle and coffee mug. Volunteers will be on varied terrain so wear sturdy boots and work gloves if you have them. Dress in layers for the weather and bring your smiles and good vibes.
By Casey Knopik for Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory
This summer, guests now have another way to experience the slopes of Mt. Hood from Timberline Lodge with the opening of their brand new lift assisted mountain bike park. Phase 1 features approximately eight miles of green, blue and black trails. Other Timberline Bike Park facilities that will open include a full service bike shop (offering repairs, rentals and sales), food and beverage concessions and a bike school.
But what visitors might not see right away is the amount of care and thoughtfulness that went into designing a bike park with sustainability at the forefront.
Enjoy and protect this special place
The Timberline area of Mt. Hood is home to several threatened and rare species of plants and animals. A critical part of designing the bike park was protecting these populations and training all crews on how to properly work within the design criteria.
“The biggest thing that I hope people appreciate is the fact that we aren’t just going out there to put trails through the woods,” said Jena Christiansen, bike park project environmental coordinator. “All of these trails are designed and engineered specifically for bikes and laid out as carefully as we can to allow for the sport and recreation, while taking into consideration and respecting the ecosystem.”
Christiansen worked as the key liaison between all involved parties during each step of the process. She worked daily to ensure that the approved project design criteria and the environmental assessment requirements were translated to the crews on the ground.
“I’ve always believed that the more people can connect with nature and connect with the mountain and connect with the flowers and the birds and the butterflies, the greater the appreciation they will have for this incredible area,” said Christensen. “I think that’s the most important part about having things like ski runs or mountain bike trails or hiking trails; they give people a way to connect with nature. This bike park has been designed with a lot of care and consideration for the ecosystem and hopefully it’s a place where people can come up to experience the mountain, breathe the fresh air and be a part of a very special place.”
Thoughtful trail design
When it came to building the trails, there was more to the work than just following a set of plans. Crews would scout ahead to make sure none of the protected species were in the path or that the land wouldn’t be disturbed too much. And if one of these species was found, the trail needed to be rerouted.
“We had to reroute a few times,” said Christensen. “However there is more to that then just shifting the trail a few feet either direction. You have to plan a half mile or more up the hill on how to adjust it and redesign it, making sure that the new route isn’t affecting a different species in that new section.”
The trails are designed so they are enjoyable for everyone and reroutes kept that in mind – especially on the beginner trails. Too sharp a turn or too steep a drop won’t make the park as enjoyable. Christensen and her team took all of that into consideration every day while planning.
“Each trail is engineered and built specifically for supporting mountain bikes,” said Christensen. “Sometimes people want to ride trails that aren’t designed for bikes, and the sides will give way, or there are erosion problems. But by offering trails that were specifically designed for the activity you help protect the area around them. We will also have crews out there daily monitoring any trail damage and making proper repairs. People will be able to enjoy their activity without worrying about the trail conditions.”
How visitors can help
One of the biggest things people will notice as soon as they arrive at the Timberline Bike Park is a series of educational signs that explain invasive plants and how they affect the local ecosystem. There is also a bike wash station for every visitor to use before hitting the trails.
“The bike wash station allows you to rinse any dirt or residual plant debris off your bike from where you rode before,” said Christensen. “This will help minimize the spread of invasive species and protect the native habitat.”
The bike park project also allowed for Timberline to start their own plant seed bank, which is a library of stored seeds collected from the local area. The collection of wild seeds allows crews to replant areas that get disturbed with native seeds from the area. There will be at least one opportunity this summer for volunteers to come in and help with seed collection.
“The biggest reason seed collection is important is that if I went to a store and bought seeds and tried to plant them at Timberline, they wouldn’t germinate because they haven’t adapted to the higher elevation and the snowfall,” said Christensen. “But by getting seeds specific to the west slope of the Cascades, you get a much higher germination rate and we want to support the ethological health of the mountain as much as possible.”
This summer visitors will only get a taste of Phase 1 of the new mountain bike park, as phase 2 construction continues.
“The Timberline Bike park development will be a multi-year process,” said John Burton, director of marketing and PR at Timberline. “Over the next several seasons, new trails and terrain will be opened as design and construction are completed.”
The Timberline Bike Park officially opened on August 12 and showcases the hard work and amazing trails being offered at the lodge. The bike park is now open seven days a week through Labor Day, with a revised schedule in the fall.
Timberline, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Summit, Cooper Spur and Mt. Hood Meadows ski areas support S. 3791/H.R. 763, the Federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act and Oregon House Bill 2020, the Oregon Climate Action Program.
The winter sports recreation industry is uniquely vulnerable to feel the environmental and economic impacts of climate change. Warmer, less predictable winter weather, reduced snow packs, and tinderdry forests in summer are all well-documented effects of climate change which can lead to uncontrolled wildfires. The leading contributor to climate change is carbon emissions, which generate harmful greenhouse gasses.
The ski areas of Mt. Hood have been leaders in the snow sports industry, and in our community, for early adoption of sustainable business practices and advocacy for public policies that effectively address reduction of carbon emissions.
Two important climate game-changing public policies are now before us. We urge the 116th Congress and the 80th Oregon Legislative Assembly to enact these two packages of climate legislation:
We also support efforts by the Federal Government to manage our National Forest system in a manner which reduces forest fuel loading and encourages the economically productive use of fiber resources which, in turn, create rural jobs and reduce the incidence of catastrophic wildfires in Oregon.
Damage caused by carbon-based greenhouse gases are at or near the tipping point. This issue cannot wait any longer for decisive action. Citizens, industry and Federal and State government must put partisanship and personal opinions aside and address this problem now.
Therefore, we would encourage our elected representatives at both the state and federal levels to support the respective climate solutions legislation.
For more information about Timberline’s commitment to climate solutions, contact Director of Public Affairs and Planning, Jon Tullis, at email@example.com.