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

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Launches "Our Gorge Connections" Photo Contest

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Launches "Our Gorge Connections" Photo Contest

December 6, 2021
Latest News

Seventh annual photo contest celebrates the connection between nature, cultures, and communities that make the Columbia Gorge a vibrant place to visit and live.

Mosier Rail Expansion Defeated

Mosier Rail Expansion Defeated

November 18, 2021 - By Michael Lang
Latest News

Union Pacific Railroad has thrown in the towel on its proposed rail expansion project near the town of Mosier, Oregon.

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.

Features

Water for Warm Springs Partnership

Water for Warm Springs Partnership

November 1, 2021

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

November 1, 2021

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

The Dust Settles Over Illegal Mining, for Now

The Dust Settles Over Illegal Mining, for Now

November 1, 2021

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"

March 25, 2021 - 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

Blumenauer to Seek Mt. Hood/Gorge Legislation, Wants to Hear From Public

Blumenauer to Seek Mt. Hood/Gorge Legislation, Wants to Hear From Public

December 14, 2021 - By Kevin Gorman

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer wants to hear from the public by Jan. 7 about outlined concepts for added protections and enhancement to the Gorge and Mt. Hood National Forest.

Habitat Restoration at Steigerwald

Habitat Restoration at Steigerwald

December 8, 2021 - By Dan Bell

Land Trust Director Dan Bell gives an update on the collaborative work resulting in the restoration of a crucial Columbia River floodplain.

Volunteers Steward Through All Seasons

Volunteers Steward Through All Seasons

December 8, 2021 - By Sarah Skelly

Through spring and summer and during rain or heat, volunteers have sustained stewardship progress through a year of limited engagement.

Mitchell Point 2.0

Mitchell Point 2.0

December 7, 2021 - By Kevin Gorman

The Mitchell Point Tunnel project is one of three projects that remain to fully connect the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Upcoming Events

Winter Well-Being Webinar

Winter Well-Being Webinar

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Winter Well-Being: How mindfulness in nature improves our lives and Gorge conservation efforts

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: February

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: February

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The bi-state commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The public is invited to attend.

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meetings: March

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meetings: March

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The bi-state commission meets the second Tuesday of each month. The public is invited to attend.

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: April

Columbia River Gorge Commission Monthly Meeting: April

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The bi-state commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The public is encouraged to attend meetings.