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

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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

Especially in Current Conditions, Please Celebrate Independence Day Responsibly

Especially in Current Conditions, Please Celebrate Independence Day Responsibly

June 24, 2021
Latest News

"Forests are no place for fireworks and in fact are illegal on federal and state public lands."

Oregon Legislature Acts to Address Bias Crimes on Public Lands

Oregon Legislature Acts to Address Bias Crimes on Public Lands

June 9, 2021
Latest News

On June 9 the Oregon House approved SB 289, following passage this April in the Oregon Senate. The bill now goes to Gov. Kate Brown for signing.

Portland Tribune: 2021 Friends of the Columbia Gorge Photo Contest Winners

Portland Tribune: 2021 Friends of the Columbia Gorge Photo Contest Winners

June 1, 2021
In the Press

Portland photographer Dan Hawk claimed two top spots this year, along with six other shutterbugs.

Friends Presents "Outdoor Access for All" Virtual Discussion

Friends Presents "Outdoor Access for All" Virtual Discussion

May 27, 2021
Multimedia

View the video of the panel discussion.

Features

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."

10 Gorge Winter Hikes to Start the Year on Good Footing

10 Gorge Winter Hikes to Start the Year on Good Footing

- By Stan Hall

Friends' staff recommends ten less-crowded trails for bundling up and enjoying the Gorge in the colder months of the year.

Stewarding the Gorge in the Time of COVID-19

Stewarding the Gorge in the Time of COVID-19

In the wake of months of canceled volunteer stewardship events after the initial coronavirus outbreak, a new program was birthed.

Tribes Partner With Friends to Protect Wildlife Refuge

Tribes Partner With Friends to Protect Wildlife Refuge

Arguments and a court decision in this potentially far-reaching case are due in 2021.

Blog

How the Lyle Hill Fire Affected Our Lyle Cherry Orchard Preserve

How the Lyle Hill Fire Affected Our Lyle Cherry Orchard Preserve

July 28, 2021

A report from our land trust on damage from the fire and what it means for the preserve's trails.

A New Opportunity for Awe at Cape Horn

A New Opportunity for Awe at Cape Horn

July 28, 2021 - By Mika Barrett

A new property at Cape Horn offers real possibilities for increasing accessibility to serve residents and visitors beyond the customary Gorge hikers.

Challenging Energy Projects Threaten the Gorge

Challenging Energy Projects Threaten the Gorge

July 14, 2021 - By Michael Lang

Conservation Director Michael Lang: A legacy of stopping fossil fuel projects doesn't mean Friends is done working to challenge threats to the Gorge.

Friends Closes Lyle Cherry Orchard Preserve Due to Wildfire

Friends Closes Lyle Cherry Orchard Preserve Due to Wildfire

July 13, 2021 - By Dan Bell

The preserve is being closed due to the nearby Lyle Hill wildfire that broke out on July 12.

Upcoming Events

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: August

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: August

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Gorge Commission welcomes everyone to attend Commission meetings.

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: September

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: September

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Gorge Commission welcomes everyone to attend Commission meetings.

Harvest Lunch with Elk Cove Founders Joe & Pat Campbell

Harvest Lunch with Elk Cove Founders Joe & Pat Campbell

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Immerse yourself in a delectable culinary experience. Enjoy a specially prepared lunch paired with curated wines from Elk Cove.

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: October

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: October

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Gorge Commission welcomes everyone to attend Commission meetings.