Land Use Review & Litigation

Friends is a citizen watchdog ensuring enforcement of laws related to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Land Use Review & Litigation
The city of Stevenson, WA, an urban area within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. (photographer: Casey Roeder)

Important Issues

While the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act and other laws were created to protect Gorge resources, these laws are only as strong as their implementation. As the only conservation organization focusing exclusively on the Gorge, Friends vigorously enforces the Act and other laws to protect this national treasure for future generations.

See a list of legal resource links relevant to the Columbia River Gorge.
 

Land Use Review & Litigation Issues



Whistling Ridge Energy Project

Whistling Ridge Energy Project

The poorly sited wind energy project would harm important natural and scenic resources.

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Litigation and Appeals

Litigation and Appeals

When Gorge resources are threatened by unlawful decisions and violations, Friends exercises our right to file legal challenges.

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Land Use Review

Land Use Review

Friends reviews and comments on all proposed land use and development activities in the Gorge Scenic Area.

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Nestlé Water Bottling Plant Proposal

Nestlé Water Bottling Plant Proposal

The proposed “exchange” of publicly-owned Oxbow Springs water may harm Gorge resources and deserves a full public-interest review.

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Whistling Ridge Energy Project

Whistling Ridge Energy Project

The poorly sited wind energy project would harm important natural and scenic resources.

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Nestlé Water Bottling Plant

Nestlé Water Bottling Plant

The proposed “exchange” of Oxbow Springs water for a Nestlé bottling plant may harm Gorge resources and deserves a full public-interest review.

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Land Use Review

Land Use Review

Friends keeps close watch on Gorge land use and development activities.

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Litigation & Appeals

Litigation & Appeals

When necessary, Friends defends Gorge resources through litigation and appeals.

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How Saving the Trees Saved a Forest
(Photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

How Saving the Trees Saved a Forest

Friday, January 15, 2016

In 2002, before the Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust even existed, Friends assisted a Gorge landowner attempting to sell his 365-acre property to the U.S. Forest Service. Read More