Friends of the Columbia Gorge


Mission Statement

Friends of the Columbia Gorge works to protect the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge area to ensure the Columbia Gorge remains a beautiful, wild, and unspoiled treasure for coming generations.


Friends of the Columbia Gorge has worked for over three decades to protect the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area from irresponsible development, preserve vital lands, promote responsible stewardship, strengthen public support for key conservation initiatives, expose local youth to the Columbia Gorge's wonders, and illustrate the Gorge's significance as an icon of the Pacific NW and national treasure.

Program Details

Here are the things we do to keep the Gorge wild and beautiful:
  • We help conserve land. Friends works with government agencies and other groups to ensure private land is brought into public ownership (over 41,000 acres since our founding).
  • We are landowners and stewards. In 2005 we formed the Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust, a 509(a)(3) support organization, to acquire critical lands in the Columbia Gorge. To date, the land trust has acquired through purchase and donation over 1,000 acres of land. We work to remove non-native species, replant native vegetation, and protect fragile resources on land trust-owned properties.
  • We keep watch on Gorge development. Each year, we review and comment on approximately 250 development applications submitted to county planning offices in every Gorge county. Our comments have helped ensure development occurs in a sensitive, ecological manner. Over the years, Friends has legally appealed less than two percent of the counties' decisions.
  • We take on development proposals that threaten Gorge resources. Over the decades, we have successfully defeated numerous attempts at large-scale developments incompatible with the protection mandates of the Scenic Area Act, including a massive Gorge casino.
  • We educate the public about the Gorge. We lead more than 100 guided Columbia Gorge hikes and outings annually, host special events, and nurture the next generation of Gorge protectors through outdoor youth education programs.
  • We work to connect Gorge communities to Gorge lands. In 2011, Friends launched Gorge Towns to Trails, a long-term vision for a comprehensive Gorge trail network, connecting Gorge communities and strengthening local economies.
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Climate Change
333 SW 5th Ave, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97204
United States
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