Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust was created in 2005 to protect and enhance critical landscapes through acquisition and stewardship. Since its inception, the land trust has purchased or received through donations 16 properties totaling over 980 acres in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. With emphases to protect scenic and natural resources, as well as to promote recreation opportunities such as trail links, the land trust works with landowners to protect and preserve the Gorge's natural beauty.
NEW PURCHASE: Check out Cedar Creek Cottonwoods, Friends' new purchase near Hamilton Mountain. The secluded property boasts old-growth forest, a hidden falls, peregrine falcon habitat, and could serve as a trail connector to future trails.
Current Land Trust Properties
Explore Friends' Current Land Trust Properties throughout the National Scenic Area, containing wildflowers and sensitive habitat, stunning views, and current and future trail lands. Also visit our page of Previously Held Properties, conveyed to public agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and Washington State Parks.
Case Study: Campaign for Cape Horn
The Campaign for Cape Horn brought together a 25-year vision of permanent protection for a Gorge landmark, the cooperation of Friends and the U.S. Forest Service, and the great generosity of Friends' donors, raising over $4 million to acquire two developed properties to create a public recreation opportunity.
Volunteer for Stewardship Projects
A number of Friends' stewardship projects are held on land trust properties. Volunteers help us remove non-native species, re-plant native vegetation and protect fragile resources. Pitch in today!
Donate to support the land trust
Gifts to the land trust help Friends purchase new lands and protect more of the Gorge, as well as fund our stewardship efforts and land holding costs. Make a gift to the land trust today!
Legacy of Friends’ Founder
Friends' Founder Nancy Russell was a visionary who personally purchased and protected hundreds of acres in the Gorge during her lifetime. Nancy sold many of those lands to public agencies, often at a loss. In addition, over 600 acres were bequeathed to Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust upon Nancy's death in 2008. Read Nancy's inspiring story of Gorge advocacy.
Support Nancy Russell's legacy. Make a gift to Friends today.