The Eagle Creek fire has closed most trails from Wyeth to Troutdale.

Preserve the Wonder: Make a Gift Now and Have Your Donation Matched

Preserve the Wonder: Make a Gift Now and Have Your Donation Matched
Click on the image above to view a video about Preserve the Wonder. (photographer: Kenji Sugahara)


The Preserve the Wonder campaign is Friends of the Columbia Gorge's most ambitious land conservation effort to date, aiming to acquire and protect seven unique properties totaling more than 400 acres along the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.

For over a decade, we have evaluated hundreds of properties and identified those with the most scenic landscapes, crucial wildlife habitat, and best recreational opportunities. Now, with the help of an active real estate market, conservation of these properties has become possible.

But we must act now. Each property is unique and important to the long-term conservation vision of the Gorge. If we miss this opportunity to preserve them now we may never get another chance.

On April 9, Friends launched a $250,000 matching-gift challenge as part of the campaign. Thanks to two generous donors all public donations will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, until we reach our $250,000 goal–providing the final $500,000 needed, in total, to complete the $5.5 million campaign.

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Ways to Get Involved


Donate to the Campaign

Donate to the Campaign

Donate now and have your gift matched.

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Preserve a Wonderful Acre Club

Preserve a Wonderful Acre Club

Your unique opportunity to leave a personal legacy of Gorge protection.

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Jewels for the

Jewels for the "Jewels of the Gorge"

Buy these unique campaign gifts and have the purchase amount matched!

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Campaign Giving Thank-You Gifts

Campaign Giving Thank-You Gifts

View a list of giving levels and corresponding thank-you gifts.

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View Campaign Budget & Leadership

View Campaign Budget & Leadership

Learn how donations to the land campaign will be spent.

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Visit Properties and View Videos


Properties Map

Properties Map

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Steigerwald Shores | 160 Acres

Steigerwald Shores | 160 Acres

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Upland Oaks | 55 Acres

Upland Oaks | 55 Acres

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Cape Horn Vista | 58 Acres

Cape Horn Vista | 58 Acres

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Duncan Creek | 50 Acres

Duncan Creek | 50 Acres

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Turtle Haven | 64 Acres

Turtle Haven | 64 Acres

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Coyote Meadow | 10 Acres

Coyote Meadow | 10 Acres

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Lyle Peak | 25 Acres

Lyle Peak | 25 Acres

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Good's Woods | 50 Acres

Good's Woods | 50 Acres

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Preserve the Wonder News


The Silver Fir and the Art of Patience

The Silver Fir and the Art of Patience

As the final stage of the campaign begins, executive director Kevin Gorman thinks about the nature of change.

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Finding Wonder at Steigerwald

Finding Wonder at Steigerwald

Campaign Co-Chair Debbie Asakawa writes of a magical day at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

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Preserving the Wonder for Things We Hold Dear

Preserving the Wonder for Things We Hold Dear

Executive Director Kevin Gorman on Friends' land campaign and the interconnections of work and personal life.

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VIDEO: Campaign News Feature

VIDEO: Campaign News Feature

KATU (Portland) talks with executive director Kevin Gorman at Steigerwald Shores campaign property.

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