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Keeping the Columbia Gorge wild and wondrous is the core of what we do. Friends of the Columbia Gorge is the only conservation organization dedicated solely to protecting the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia Gorge for generations to come. For almost 40 years we have worked to protect the Columbia Gorge from irresponsible development, preserve vital lands, promote responsible stewardship, strengthen public support for conservation initiatives, and expose local youth to the Gorge's wonders. Learn more: gorgefriends.org/about
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News & Updates
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Announces Nature + Nurture Photo Contest
November 12, 2019
Friends' fifth annual photo contest celebrates the connection between nature and the cultures and communities that make the Gorge a vibrant place to visit and live.
PPFG: Watchdogs Contest Proposed Oregon Fracked Gas Power Plant
November 1, 2019
A coalition of groups have requested a hearing to challenge Perennial Wind Chaser’s proposed 415-megawatt fracked gas-fired power plant, near Hermiston, OR.
The Oregonian: Inside the Preserve That’s Bringing Baby Turtles Back to the Gorge
October 29, 2019
Last month, the inaugural group of 16 baby turtles, who were captive-reared for their first year at the Oregon Zoo, were released at the site.
The Columbian: Unpermitted Activity Alleged at Washougal Pit
October 8, 2019
Gravel mine focus of environmental group, residents.
2018-19 Annual Report: Partnering for Pond Turtles
The decades-long partnership working to return western pond turtles to the Gorge is an inspiring success story.
Endangered Turtles Brought to Their Gorge Haven
- By Stan Hall
How a collaborative effort led to a renewed chance for western pond turtle to make a comeback in Washington.
Maryhill Museum and Friends: A Collaboration Out of Plein Air
A Q&A with Steve Grafe, curator of the Maryhill Museum of Art
Ready, Set, GOrge! Provides Tips for Hikers Headed to the Gorge
- By Becky Brun
Visitors can plan ahead and prepare for their Gorge visit.
Hello My Friend, Goodbye My Friend
December 2, 2019 - By Kevin Gorman
Dave Cannard’s big personality and big heart continue to benefit the Columbia Gorge today
New Loops Come to Life at Lyle Cherry Orchard
November 26, 2019 - By Renee Tkach
Partnership builds trails at land trust preserve in Lyle.
Gorge Panel Rules Mine Operation Illegal
November 25, 2019 - By Michael Lang
Decision is a victory for Friend and neighboring landowners.