The Eagle Creek fire has closed most trails from Wyeth to Troutdale.

After the Smoke Clears

Three educational community forums on how you can help support forest recovery in the Gorge.

After the Smoke Clears
View of Mt. Hood with fire-burned areas in the foreground. (photographer: Trip Jennings)

 

Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Revolution Hall in Portland for the first in a series of educational public forums on the Eagle Creek fire and how communities can support the recovery of the Columbia River Gorge.

The Columbia River Gorge is a beloved national treasure and icon of the Northwest. The Eagle Creek fire had a significant impact on our region—threatening Gorge communities, disrupting businesses, filling our skies with smoke, and burning through cherished hiking trails. Many are still working through the accompanying anger, outrage, anxiety, and stress from the fire. 

Now that rains have come and largely put the fire out, we can breathe deeply and look to the forest for what it can teach us about natural recovery systems. It's also a time to look ahead at ways we can increase resilience for the land, communities, and trails that make the Gorge such a special place. 

The series will feature insights from a collection of noted fire ecologists, forestry researchers, and leaders from local business, conservation and recreation organizations with multimedia presentations on what happened in the fire and examinations of key challenges moving forward.


Learn more about the impact of the fire on the Gorge and what you can do to help the forests naturally recover and protect cherished public lands into the future. 

Portland Forum
Wednesday, November 15
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark, Portland
Doors open at 6 p.m. | Event from 7 - 9 p.m.

Troutdale Forum
Wednesday, November 29
McMenamins Edgefield, Blackberry Hall, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale
Doors open at 6 p.m. | Event from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
 
Hood River Forum
Thursday, November 30
Bowe Theater at Hood River Valley High School, 1220 Indian Creek Rd, Hood River
Doors open at 5:45 p.m. | Event from 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.


This series is co-sponsored by Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Oregon Wild, Crag Law Center, Sierra Club, Bark, the Audubon Society of Portland, Trailkeepers of Oregon and Mazamas.