42nd Friends Annual Meeting (In Person)

Sunday, April 30, 2023

11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join us in person and learn how your actions protect the Gorge. We'll celebrate success and outline our vision for the year ahead.

Join us on the banks of the Columbia River at the Columbia Gorge Conference Center in Hood River as we gather for our first in-person annual meeting since 2019. So much has happened this past year:

  • The Gorge Commission adopted the first ever Climate Change Action Plan
  • The Zimmerly gravel mine continues to be litigated in the courts
  • Land stewardship carries on throughout the Gorge
  • Friends’ Land Trust purchased additional lands in the Gorge.

We look forward to celebrating these wins with our community, and sharing details on the coming year of how you can help protect, preserve, and steward the Gorge.

Special guest: Bowen Blair, former Friends’ executive director, will join us for a conversation about A Force for Nature: Nancy Russell's Fight to Save the Columbia Gorge, his new book showcasing the successful campaign to establish and protect the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Join us for a free Legacy Planning Seminar from 11 a.m.-Noon

If you can’t join in person, click here to register and join by livestream! We recognize that the pandemic is still impacting our communities and want to make this meeting as accessible as possible. Attendance is free and registration is required for livestreaming, so please take a moment to register at the link.

M?eeting details


  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pre-Meeting Legacy Planning Seminar (free event; optional)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Information fair, socializing
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch buffet open
  • 12:30 - 2 p.m. Program
  • 2:15 p.m. Guided hikes (optional) - no preregistration required for these

Lunch Buffet

  • Rosemary Chicken (GF)
  • Stuffed Piquillo Peppers (V, GF): with quinoa, vegetables, and romesco sauce
  • Baby Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Mixed Garden Greens
  • House Baked Garlic & Rosemary Focaccia
  • Individual Hood River Apple Tartlets with Whipped Cream
  • Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Assorted Hot Teas
  • Iced Tea

Estate Planning Seminar

Provide and Protect with Your Legacy Plan - We invite you to join us at a free Estate Planning Seminar.

Would you like to take care of your family and also leave a legacy of Gorge protection? Gift planning is more important now than ever. Join us to learn what you need to do to plan for your loved ones, your community, and preserve your legacy.

We invite you to join us for a free, pre-meeting Estate Planning Seminar, Sunday, 11 a.m. – Noon at the meeting location. Space is limited. Click here to register.