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.
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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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 Oregonian: Inside the Preserve That’s Bringing Baby Turtles Back to the Gorge
October 29, 2019
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
October 8, 2019
Gravel mine focus of environmental group, residents.
Young Gorge Leaders Call for Climate Action
Friends supports community leaders advocating for climate policy reforms.
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
The decades-long partnership working to return western pond turtles to the Gorge is an inspiring success story.
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
February 12, 2020
The successful, collaborative volunteer program enters a new phase of transition.
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
January 15, 2020 - By Nathan Baker
Clark County Superior Court opinion clears the way for agency enforcement of Scenic Area requirements.
Join Friends of the Columbia Gorge Stewardship Volunteer Coordinator, Mika Barrett for this native planting event at Steigerwald Lake, WA.
Learn all about Friends hike program, volunteering, and how to better lead or shepherd Gorge hikes. NOTE: the start time changed to 8:30am