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)

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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

OPB: Gorge Commission Rejects Mining Operation Within Scenic Area

OPB: Gorge Commission Rejects Mining Operation Within Scenic Area

August 13, 2019
In the Press

The 10-1 vote delivered a win to Washougal, WA, residents and the conservation group, Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

The Columbian: Gorge Commission votes 10-1 Against Washougal Gravel Mine

The Columbian: Gorge Commission votes 10-1 Against Washougal Gravel Mine

August 13, 2019
In the Press

The commission is considering its next steps regarding enforcement.

Kitsap Sun: 'Plein Air' Art Captures Beauty of Columbia Gorge

Kitsap Sun: 'Plein Air' Art Captures Beauty of Columbia Gorge

August 12, 2019
In the Press

More than 40 artists traveled to the Gorge in late July to participate in what was essentially a four-day paint-off.

OPB: Residents Say Columbia Gorge Mine Violates Scenic Area Act

OPB: Residents Say Columbia Gorge Mine Violates Scenic Area Act

August 9, 2019
In the Press

Washougal, WA, residents say a controversial rock-mining operation is disrupting their neighborhood’s peace and quiet.

Features

Maryhill Museum and Friends: A Collaboration Out of Plein Air

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

Ready, Set, GOrge! Provides Tips for Hikers Headed to the Gorge

- By Becky Brun

Visitors can plan ahead and prepare for their Gorge visit.

Oil Train Update: Q & A with Michael Lang

Oil Train Update: Q & A with Michael Lang

- By Erin Middlewood

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

Art Plants Seeds of Conservation

Art Plants Seeds of Conservation

- By Erin Middlewood

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

Blog

The View Point Inn Saga Turns a Page

The View Point Inn Saga Turns a Page

June 27, 2019 - By Kevin Gorman

Friends and property owners cooperate on a development plan balancing historic preservation and the National Scenic Area.

How Much Love Is Too Much for the Gorge?

How Much Love Is Too Much for the Gorge?

June 19, 2019 - By Kevin Gorman

More voices are asking what's causing the congestion and what can we do about it?

Bipartisan Protection for Public Lands

Bipartisan Protection for Public Lands

June 10, 2019 - By Dan Bell

Stable funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund is great news for the Gorge.

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

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

March 28, 2019 - By Erin Middlewood

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

Upcoming Events

Eagle Creek Trail Invasive Plant Removal, OR

Eagle Creek Trail Invasive Plant Removal, OR

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Help remove invasive plants on the Eagle Creek trail.

Gorge #400 Trail Invasive Plant Removal, OR

Gorge #400 Trail Invasive Plant Removal, OR

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Help remove invasive plants on this fire-affected, closed trail.

Gorge #400 Trail Invasive Plant Removal, OR

Gorge #400 Trail Invasive Plant Removal, OR

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Help remove invasive plants on this fire-affected, closed trail.

Fall Hike Leader & Shepherd Training

Fall Hike Leader & Shepherd Training

Saturday, September 7, 2019

This training is for both new and experienced volunteers interested in our Hike Program.