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News & Updates
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Announces Nature + Nurture Photo Contest
November 12, 2019
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
November 1, 2019
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 Columbian: Unpermitted Activity Alleged at Washougal Pit
October 8, 2019
Gravel mine focus of environmental group, residents.
Endangered Turtles Brought to Their Gorge Haven
- By Stan Hall
How a collaborative effort led to a renewed chance for western pond turtle to make a comeback in Washington.
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
- By Becky Brun
Visitors can plan ahead and prepare for their Gorge visit.
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.
Car-Free in the Gorge to Expand in November
October 24, 2019 - By Renee Tkach
Starting in November, you can take the bus from The Dalles to Portland, seven days a week.
Trailhead Ambassador 2019 Roundup
September 26, 2019 - By Natalie Ferraro
Trailhead Ambassador Coordinator Natalie Ferraro reports on another successful season of the volunteer outreach program.
Small Step for Friends, Big Step for Pond Turtles
September 17, 2019 - By Dan Bell
Land Trust Director Dan Bell reflects on recent accomplishments and what it means going forward for Gorge conservation.
Update on the Zimmerly Quarry: August 2019
August 22, 2019 - By Nathan Baker
Friends wins an important decision at Gorge Commission hearing, but questions remain about enforcement.