About Kate McCarthy

kate and lupineKate McCarthy, founder of Friends of Mount Hood, is a long-time Mount Hood resident and zealous advocate for the protection of the mountain.

Her passion for the protection of Mount Hood is rooted in her childhood memories. Her father settled on Cooper Spur Road in 1908, and she has spent most of her life on the north side of the mountain.

Since 1975, Kate has photographed and documented the impacts of man-made changes to the wetlands, hydrology and ecology of Mount Hood and has presented her findings in order to motivate others to fight to protect what is left of the mountain’s wild habitat.

Kate is a founding board director of Hood River Valley Residents Committee, and is a former member of the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

Kate’s photos are being archived with the intent to make them available to the public. Below are a few of the many hundreds she has taken over the years.

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Kate McCarthy Whitebark Pine

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