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 Announces Nature + Nurture Photo Contest

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Announces Nature + Nurture Photo Contest

November 12, 2019
Latest News

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

PPFG: Watchdogs Contest Proposed Oregon Fracked Gas Power Plant

November 1, 2019
In the Press

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

The Oregonian: Inside the Preserve That’s Bringing Baby Turtles Back to the Gorge

October 29, 2019
In the Press, Multimedia

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

The Columbian: Unpermitted Activity Alleged at Washougal Pit

October 8, 2019
In the Press

Gravel mine focus of environmental group, residents.

Features

Young Gorge Leaders Call for Climate Action

Young Gorge Leaders Call for Climate Action

Friends supports community leaders advocating for climate policy reforms.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Inspiring the Next Generation

- By Stan Hall

Over the past 11 years, Friends' outdoor youth education programs have grown and evolved.

2018-19 Annual Report: Partnering for Pond Turtles

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

Endangered Turtles Brought to Their Gorge Haven

- By Stan Hall
Latest News

How a collaborative effort led to a renewed chance for western pond turtle to make a comeback in Washington.

Blog

Basic Membership Contribution Sees First Increase Since 1998

Basic Membership Contribution Sees First Increase Since 1998

February 21, 2020 - By Sophia Aepfelbacher

The increase is necessary to ensure that the critical Gorge protection work continues well into the future.

Trail Ambassador Program Expands Beyond the Gorge

Trail Ambassador Program Expands Beyond the Gorge

February 12, 2020

The successful, collaborative volunteer program enters a new phase of transition.

Our Volunteers: An Appreciation

Our Volunteers: An Appreciation

January 27, 2020 - By Kate Lindberg

Over 500 people volunteered for Friends in 2019.

Judge Denies Gravel Mine's Motion to Stay Enforcement of Scenic Area Rules

Judge Denies Gravel Mine's Motion to Stay Enforcement of Scenic Area Rules

January 15, 2020 - By Nathan Baker

Clark County Superior Court opinion clears the way for agency enforcement of Scenic Area requirements.

Upcoming Events

Schemes, Dreams & Teams: A Century of Gorge Protection Efforts

Schemes, Dreams & Teams: A Century of Gorge Protection Efforts

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Executive Director Kevin Gorman presents a dive into the scenic area’s history, conflict and how technology might help all of us keep the Gorge wild and beautiful for generations to come.

Steigerwald Lake Native Planting, WA

Steigerwald Lake Native Planting, WA

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Join Friends of the Columbia Gorge Stewardship Volunteer Coordinator, Mika Barrett for this native planting event at Steigerwald Lake, WA.

Annual Hike Leader & Shepherd Training

Annual Hike Leader & Shepherd Training

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Learn all about Friends hike program, volunteering, and how to better lead or shepherd Gorge hikes. NOTE: the start time changed to 8:30am

Elowah Falls & Upper McCord Creek Invasive Plant Removal, OR

Elowah Falls & Upper McCord Creek Invasive Plant Removal, OR

Friday, March 13, 2020

Join Friends of the Columbia Gorge for this invasive plant removal at Elowah Falls and Upper McCord Creek trails, OR.