Friends organizes seasonal volunteer stewardship work parties, which are typically half-day projects where volunteers work together as a team on a specific project. This work focuses on enhancing habitat in key areas of the Columbia Gorge, including Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust preserves and public lands (in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Parks, and Washington State Parks).
Get involved through:
Habitat work parties
- Projects include removing invasive plant species, tree plantings, and litter clean-ups
- No experience is necessary and we encourage volunteers who are new to environmental stewardship, the Gorge, and/or volunteering in general to sign up!
- All work parties include a safety training, project orientation, and plant identification and are typically chock-full of nature observation, learning opportunities and skill building.
Land Steward program
This is a long-term opportunity in which an individual or small group adopts a site in the Gorge where they commit to a year of stewardship under the guidance of staff and land managers. We currently have Land Steward projects at six sites.
Land Stewards provide continued, year-round support by removing invasive weeds, monitoring trails for new weed populations or trail maintenance needs, and assisting with a variety of other stewardship projects.
We hope to be expanding the Land Steward program in future years. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Skelly to learn more.