Protect the Gorge

Friends of the Columbia Gorge protects the Gorge for future generations to enjoy -- and we need your help.

While the Columbia River Gorge is protected by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, development pressure and environmental issues pose a constant threat to the Gorge. From monitoring development to lobbying for funding to improve Gorge air quality, Friends of the Columbia Gorge uses a spectrum of tools to protect the spectacular beauty and natural integrity of the Gorge.

View our Current Conservation Fact Sheet.

Our work depends on citizens like you. We need the public to engage and stand up for Gorge protection. Take a moment to learn about some of the most important issues facing the Gorge today and what you can do to help.


Stop Coal Exports Through the Gorge
Friends is working to halt coal export proposals that would involve the transportation of millions of tons of coal by rail through the Gorge each year.
Stop the Whistling Ridge Energy Project
The Whistling Ridge Energy Project has not been proposed in a responsible manner and is not sited to protect important natural and scenic resources. The project should be denied.
Troutdale Energy Center
A proposed natural gas power plant on the edge of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area threatens aviation and Gorge resources.
Gorge Towns to Trails: Making the Connection
Gorge Towns to Trails is a vision for a comprehensive trail system that wraps around the Columbia Gorge, linking communities with recreation, benefiting tourism, and highlighting and enhancing the beauty and wonder of the Columbia Gorge. Friends of the Columbia Gorge is leading this effort and seeks input and partnerships from Gorge communities, citizens and elected officials.
There are many ways to help protect the Gorge, whether it's helping remove invasive species from Gorge lands, leading an educational hike or helping in Friends' office with a mailing. Volunteer today!
Land Trust
Learn how Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust protects sensitive Gorge lands through acquisition from willing sellers.
Outdoor Education Programs
Our youth education programs educate and inspire future generations of Gorge protectors.
Development Oversight and Litigation
Friends' monitoring and legal efforts protect the Gorge from the spread of sprawling residential development.