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

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Wildfire Near The Dalles Spreads to Over 36,000 Acres
Aerial shot of the Substation fire, July 18, 2018. (Credit: KOIN-TV)

Wildfire Near The Dalles Spreads to Over 36,000 Acres

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"It’s fire season in the Gorge, please be safe" says Friends of the Columbia Gorge Executive Director Kevin Gorman.

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Fireworks & Forests Don't Mix
Aerial shot of Eagle Creek fire damage. (photo courtesy of State of Oregon)

Fireworks & Forests Don't Mix

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Last year, the illegal use of fireworks over the Labor Day holiday weekend ignited the Eagle Creek fire.

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Overcoming Barriers to Accessing Nature
Retired Oregon State Parks manager Kevin Price speaks to St. Andrew Nativity School students at Vista House. (photographer: Nick Wiltgen)

Overcoming Barriers to Accessing Nature

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A recently retired Oregon State Parks manager shares his passion for outdoors inclusivity.

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Pacific Crest Trail, Benson State Park Reopen After Eagle Creek Fire
Hiking the Herman Creek section of the Pacific Crest Trail, 2015. (photographer: Debbie Asakawa

Pacific Crest Trail, Benson State Park Reopen After Eagle Creek Fire

Thursday, June 14, 2018

To protect public safety, it is illegal for hikers to venture off the newly reopened trails.

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Conservation Group Permanently Protects 470 Acres of Land in Columbia Gorge

Conservation Group Permanently Protects 470 Acres of Land in Columbia Gorge

Monday, June 4, 2018

Friends completes $5.5 million land-preservation campaign on the Washington side of the Gorge

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Together, We Did It
Exploring Duncan Creek, one of the Preserve the Wonder campaign properties. (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Together, We Did It

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Executive Director Kevin Gorman on a successful end to Friends' ambitious land preservation campaign.

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The Gorge Comes to Pioneer Courthouse Square
Digital representation of Walker Macy's Gorge-themed design for the 2018 Festival of Flowers.

The Gorge Comes to Pioneer Courthouse Square

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Walker Macy Designs Gorge Theme for 2018 Festival of Flowers

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On World Turtle Day, New Conservation Property Enhances Habitat
Turtles sunning in the Columbia Gorge. (photographer: Mitch Hammontree)

On World Turtle Day, New Conservation Property Enhances Habitat

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Preserve the Wonder campaign property Turtle Haven is a refuge for an endangered turtle species.

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DC Crowdfunding Startup Works With Friends on Preserve the Wonder Campaign
At Cape Horn Vista, one of the seven Preserve the Wonder properties. (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

DC Crowdfunding Startup Works With Friends on Preserve the Wonder Campaign

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ambitious campaign will protect 420 acres on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge.

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The Silver Fir and the Art of Patience
Fording Duncan Creek, summer 2017. (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

The Silver Fir and the Art of Patience

Thursday, April 12, 2018

As the final stage of the Preserve the Wonder campaign begins, executive director Kevin Gorman thinks about the nature of change.

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