Friends of the Columbia Gorge Newsroom

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Newsroom
View from Bridge of the Gods, spanning from Cascade Locks, OR to North Bonneville, WA. (photographer: Derek Markee)

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Monthly Enews - Keep updated on Friends' work, news stories, and upcoming events and volunteer activities.

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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For media questions, speaking requests, or public education partnership inquiries please contact: Burt Edwards, communications director | 971.634.0595 (office) | 703.861.8237 (cell) | burt@gorgefriends.org (email) 

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News & Updates

The Oregonian: U.S. Forest Service Closing All Trails in Columbia River Gorge

The Oregonian: U.S. Forest Service Closing All Trails in Columbia River Gorge

March 26, 2020
Latest News, In the Press

Trails managed by Friends of the Columbia Gorge will also close to the public.

New Faces at Friends

New Faces at Friends

March 3, 2020
Latest News

Meet four new additions to Friends' Board of Directors.

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Announces Nature + Nurture Photo Contest

Friends of the Columbia Gorge Announces Nature + Nurture Photo Contest

November 12, 2019
Latest News

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

PPFG: Watchdogs Contest Proposed Oregon Fracked Gas Power Plant

November 1, 2019
In the Press

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.

Features

Stewardship Builds Climate Resilience

Stewardship Builds Climate Resilience

With the current trajectory of climate change, volunteers know it’s more important now than ever to make every action be impactful and to work together toward collective change.

Young Gorge Leaders Call for Climate Action

Young Gorge Leaders Call for Climate Action

Friends supports community leaders advocating for climate policy reforms.

Inspiring the Next Generation

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

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.

Blog

Natural Places Are a Source of Peace During Difficult Times

Natural Places Are a Source of Peace During Difficult Times

March 26, 2020 - By Sophia Aepfelbacher

It’s more important than ever that we protect the Gorge from coal and oil transport.

Executive Director's Letter: What Are You Doing With Your Moment?

Executive Director's Letter: What Are You Doing With Your Moment?

March 26, 2020 - By Kevin Gorman

Kevin Gorman: As Friends turns 40, we must push ourselves to look beyond the familiar faces and strategies that brought us to this point.

Looking Out for Our Neighbors, Looking Out for Gorge Trails

Looking Out for Our Neighbors, Looking Out for Gorge Trails

March 25, 2020 - By Dan Bell

Connecting Safely & Responsibly with Nature

Connecting Safely & Responsibly with Nature

March 22, 2020 - By Kevin Gorman

Executive Director Kevin Gorman: Crowds on Gorge trails could pose a health risk to hikers and local communities.

Upcoming Events

CANCELLED: Gorge Towns to Trails at Lyle Cherry Orchard, WA

CANCELLED: Gorge Towns to Trails at Lyle Cherry Orchard, WA

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Moderate: 5 miles | 1,500-ft elev. gain

CANCELLED: Weldon Wagon Road, WA

CANCELLED: Weldon Wagon Road, WA

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Moderate: 5 miles | 1,300-ft elev. gain
(Members-only)

CANCELLED: Nature & Conservation in Mosier, OR

CANCELLED: Nature & Conservation in Mosier, OR

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Moderate: 3-6 miles total | 600-ft elev. gain

CANCELLED: The Dalles Riverfront Dog-Friendly Hike, OR

CANCELLED: The Dalles Riverfront Dog-Friendly Hike, OR

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Easy: 4-5 miles on paved trail | 125-ft elevation change