Friends of the Columbia Gorge Newsroom

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Newsroom
View from Bridge of the Gods, spanning from Cascade Locks, OR to North Bonneville, WA. (photographer: Derek Markee)

Monthly Enews

Monthly Enews - Keep updated on Friends' work, news stories, and upcoming events and volunteer activities.

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

Connect With Us

For media questions, speaking requests, or public education partnership inquiries please contact: Burt Edwards, communications director | 971.634.0595 (office) | 703.861.8237 (cell) | burt@gorgefriends.org (email) 

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News & Updates

Webinar: Outside & Engaged

Webinar: Outside & Engaged

November 12, 2021
Multimedia

Watch an archive video of our Nov. 10, 2021, virtual discussion about the opportunities and challenges in outdoor education.

Thrillist: The Most Beautiful Places in Oregon You Never Knew Existed

Thrillist: The Most Beautiful Places in Oregon You Never Knew Existed

September 15, 2021
In the Press

Organizations like the Audubon Society, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and Oregon Wild all work protect the incredible wilderness of Oregon.

The Gorge Magazine: Come One, Come All

The Gorge Magazine: Come One, Come All

September 13, 2021
In the Press

Newly protected properties will be designed for inclusive recreation.

Oregon ArtsWatch: Painting Quickly in the Gorge

Oregon ArtsWatch: Painting Quickly in the Gorge

August 13, 2021
In the Press

The event is now a partnership between Friends of the Columbia Gorge and the Maryhill Museum of Art.

Features

Water for Warm Springs Partnership

Water for Warm Springs Partnership

To address a water crisis on the Warm Springs Reservation, Friends is part of a coalition of conservation organizations partnering with the Warm Springs Tribes and affiliated groups.

Persistence to Improve Gorge Protections Pays Off, Despite Pandemic

Persistence to Improve Gorge Protections Pays Off, Despite Pandemic

Looking upstream toward Elowah Falls. (photographer: Warren Morgan)

The Dust Settles Over Illegal Mining, for Now

The Dust Settles Over Illegal Mining, for Now

The nearly four-year dispute over a property in the western Gorge enters a quieter phase.

Proposed Logging in Sensitive Gorge Area Poses Risk of "Dangerous Precedent"

Proposed Logging in Sensitive Gorge Area Poses Risk of "Dangerous Precedent"

- By Stan Hall

"Private logging companies should not be given free passes by government agencies to commercially log the Gorge’s most sensitive locations, like what happened here."

Blog

From Exploring the Gorge to Exploring Our Backyard

From Exploring the Gorge to Exploring Our Backyard

November 24, 2021 - By Haley Lebsack

Camas-Washougal Community Chest and Vic Clausen Youth Education Fund partner with Friends in ongoing Gorge outdoor education efforts.

National Scenic Area 35th Birthday: Highlighting a Long Career of Gorge Advocacy

National Scenic Area 35th Birthday: Highlighting a Long Career of Gorge Advocacy

November 18, 2021 - By Kevin Gorman

As the National Scenic Area turns 35, Executive Director Kevin Gorman pays tribute to one of his predecessors, who as a young man helped get the Scenic Area legislation over the finish line.

35th Anniversary: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act Signed Into Law

35th Anniversary: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act Signed Into Law

November 17, 2021 - By Bowen Blair Jr.

On the 35th anniversary of the date the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act was signed into law, we look back into Friends' archives for reaction to the momentous occasion.

2020-21 Board Reflections

2020-21 Board Reflections

November 1, 2021 - By Jen Lovejoy

Board member Jen Lovejoy writes of interconnectivity and an ongoing organizational shift within Friends.

Upcoming Events

Photography, Community & Nature

Photography, Community & Nature

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Live panel discussion with photographers Ken Pitts, Linda Steider & Nic Raingsey on how photography can connect and inspire a community.

Planting at Turtle Complex, WA

Planting at Turtle Complex, WA

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Friends volunteers will plant plugs of wildflowers in grassy areas around the pond to help diversify pollinator species on this site.

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: December

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: December

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The Gorge Commission welcomes everyone to attend Commission meetings.

Clean-up at Turtle Complex, WA

Clean-up at Turtle Complex, WA

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Join Friends volunteers for a litter and microtrash patrol to clean-up after the removal of old buildings on site.