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*Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Ensuring that the beautiful and wild Columbia Gorge remains a place apart, an unspoiled treasure for generations to come.
333 SW 5th Ave Ste 300, Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 241-3762 |
What does a $100 contribution do for this organization?
$100 allows Friends of the Columbia Gorge to lead one public hike in the Gorge, educating individuals on Gorge protection issues, native plants, wildflowers and cultural and geologic history.

There's nowhere on Earth like the Columbia Gorge!

The unparalleled beauty of the Columbia Gorge is a treasure for all who live in the Pacific Northwest, and for visitors from around the world as well. We want to be sure it stays beautiful for generations to come. Friends works to ensure that the protections mandated by the federal Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act are honored and upheld.

How we work:
Community organizing, educational outreach, political advocacy, a strong legal program, and our land trust all help us reach our goals. We have been able to protect and open to the public places like the Cape Horn trail.

We work with local citizens' groups and community organizations as well as the bi-state Gorge Commission and planning departments in the six counties and 13 urban areas in the Gorge to support active enforcement of the Gorge Management Plan. Skilled use of media, electronic communications, GIS mapping, and coalition-building are also central to our work.

Building support:
Friends offers more than 100 hikes and outings each year in spring and fall, from east of Dalles Mountain in Klickitat County to the Sandy River Delta at the west end of the Gorge.  Friends' hikes and educational outings encourage appreciation of the treasure that is the Columbia Gorge.

Our stewardship program includes hands-on work dealing with invasive species and native habitat restoration and trail work. We offer educational forums and community presentations about stewardship efforts to protect the 800+ species of flowering plants in the Columbia Gorge.

We love volunteers!

Volunteer hike leaders and shepherds, computer and clerical support, citizen activists, and legal assistants are all part of the team working to protect the Gorge. If you'd like to get involved, or have special skills you'd like to put to use with Friends, email us or call 503-241-3762 today.

The threats:
As the population of the Pacific Northwest grows, the Gorge faces increased development pressures despite the protections of the Act.  In addition to expanded clearcut logging and "forest health" initiatives, “McMansions” and development sprawl, air pollution, invasive plant species, and loss of wildlife habitat, the Gorge is currently facing a dire threat in the form of multiple coal export proposals that would drastically increase the amount of coal being transported daily through the region. Friends, our supporters, concerned citizens and other coalition groups have joined together to fight these reckless, ill-considered proposals. We can always use more heroes for the Gorge!

You can help protect the Gorge:

To take action and to learn more about protecting the Columbia Gorge, check our website at You can subscribe to our monthly enews, action alerts, and hiking enews from our homepage.

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