Friends of the Columbia Gorge

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Friends is the only conservation organization entirely dedicated to protecting, preserving, and stewarding the Gorge. We own over 1,500 acres of land across the Gorge and work with a diverse coalition of people who share a common love for the Gorge.

Bottom Line for Portland

Friends protects the 293,000 acres of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area that millions of Portlanders enjoy annually. Friends educates and offers resources for Portlanders who want to recreate, protect, and enjoy the beauty of the Gorge in a sustainable and safe way to continue to protect the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources. In the past year, it’s become evident that more and more people turn to nature and the outdoors for their physical and mental health. We’re here to protect the Gorge and the Columbia River from irresponsible development and the threats of climate change so people can seek out refuge for their mental wellbeing, regardless of their race, gender identity, or physical ability, and experience the natural wonders of this one-of-a-kind landscape.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Columbia Gorge will be a healthier, more vibrant place when a diverse and inclusive collection of advocates, stewards, and volunteers are at the table. Building off of our legal and advocacy work with our tribal partners, we have launched new efforts to broaden and deepen our public and community engagement work. Seeking out those who have not been included in previous conversations shapes an environment where all are afforded equal access. 


We're thrilled to be supported by Bike the Gorge, Shift Vacation Rentals, and Wildcraft Studio this year, as well as generous donors with a $55,000 matching gift!

$152,866 raised of $100,000 goal
806 donations
153% of Goal


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Year Founded: 1980

Tax ID: 930782467

Friends of the Columbia Gorge is in the Environment category which is sponsored by A to Z Wineworks.

They're a small-sized organization with activities in Clackamas Co., Multnomah Co. and beyond.

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