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Ready, Set, GOrge! Provides Tips for Hikers Headed to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Hikers on the Weldon Wagon trail, WA. (Photographer: Micheal Drewry)

Ready, Set, GOrge! Provides Tips for Hikers Headed to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Visitors can plan ahead and prepare for their Gorge visit with trail recommendations, gear lists, shuttle information and more.

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Oil Train Update: Q & A with Michael Lang
Oil train along WA SR14. (photographer: Michael Drewry)

Oil Train Update: Q & A with Michael Lang

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Friends Conservation Director Michael Lang gives an update on the status of oil transportation through the Gorge.

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Art Plants Seeds of Conservation
Marty Hughly, Kevin Gorman, Ka'ila Farrell-Smith, Kim Stafford, and Jane Hirshfield discuss the intersection of and conservation at The Old Church concert hall in Portland. (photographer: Brandon Davis)

Art Plants Seeds of Conservation

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Friends joined artists and poets for a panel discussion at the Conservation in Verse event.

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Trailhead Ambassadors Celebrate Earth Day Weekend on the Trails
Trailhead Ambassadors greet hikers at the busy Dog Mountain trailhead (photo: Friends' archives)

Trailhead Ambassadors Celebrate Earth Day Weekend on the Trails

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Over Earth Day weekend, Friends had 24 volunteers across 7 trailheads (Latourell, Angel's Rest, Multnomah Falls, Bridge of the Gods, Dog Mountain, Cape Horn and Trillium Lake), interacting with a combined total of 727 visitors.

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Friends of the Columbia Gorge Condemns Recent Cape Horn Cliff Vandalism
"We can't allow this act of vandalism to be how people view the Gorge," says Friends of the Columbia Gorge Executive Director Kevin Gorman.

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Condemns Recent Cape Horn Cliff Vandalism

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Friends responds to the vandalism discovered on April 23 along Cape Horn Cliff.

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Winners Announced in Friends' Fourth Annual Photo Contest
Detail of Colleen Wright's grand prize-winning shot of morning sunlight filtering through the fog along the Nick Eaton Ridge trail.

Winners Announced in Friends' Fourth Annual Photo Contest

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Colleen Wright wins grand prize for evocative shot along Nick Eaton Ridge trail.

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Long-Term Effort Pays Off for Threatened Oak Trees in the Gorge
A summertime view of Oregon white oaks at the former Upland Oaks Preserve the Wonder campaign property on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. (photographer: Michael Horodyski)

Long-Term Effort Pays Off for Threatened Oak Trees in the Gorge

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Thanks to Friends' decade-plus-long effort, a threatened patch of majestic Oregon white oak now enjoys federal protection.

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Friends Testifies in Support of Funding for the Gorge Commission
Springtime at Mosier Plateau. (photographer: Melanie Means)

Friends Testifies in Support of Funding for the Gorge Commission

Monday, March 25, 2019

Testimony by Executive Director Kevin Gorman in front of the Oregon Legislature's Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources

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Friends' 2018 Volunteers of the Year
Friends' Volunteers of the Year for 2018. Left to right: Gary Sinnen, Coila Ash, Whitney Dawson, Gloria Gardiner, Sophie Larsen-Teskey, Brandon Davis, Alice Weaver (not pictured: Hilary Nally, Carolyn Stewart). (photographer: Richard Kolbell)

Friends' 2018 Volunteers of the Year

Thursday, February 28, 2019

410 individuals gave back to the Gorge by volunteering with Friends in 2018.

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Friends Staff Urge Strong Oil Train Safety Law in Testimony Before Oregon House Committee
Union Pacific unit oil train travels along I-84 by Starvation Creek State Park. (photographer: Stan Hall)

Friends Staff Urge Strong Oil Train Safety Law in Testimony Before Oregon House Committee

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Read testimony by two Friends' staff members regarding the first oil train safety bill up for consideration in 2019.

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