Looking Back, Looking Forward
Friends' 2019-20 highlights
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, site of the largest restoration project ever on the lower Columbia. (photographer: Cate Hotchkiss)

In Difficult Times, Gorge Protection Work Goes On

Despite the challenges posed in its last several months by the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2019-2020 was an exciting year for Friends of the Columbia Gorge. We contributed to the largest-ever habitat restoration project on the lower Columbia, found new ways to steward Gorge lands, worked with youth climate activists to engage local leaders, and continued work with Tribes to help protect the Gorge from increased rail traffic.

Below are highlights of Friends' 2019 accomplishments. Learn about successes and challenges; view a financial report; and read about how we expect the near-future of Gorge protection work to shake out.