Friends of the Columbia Gorge works to protect, preserve, and steward the Columbia Gorge for future generations. Ensuring the Gorge remains a vibrant, living place – wondrous, wild, and open to all – is at the core of what we do. We are the only conservation group entirely dedicated to protecting, preserving, and stewarding the Gorge.
Bottom Line for Portland
Friends protects the 293,000 acres of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area that millions of people visit each year. For over four decades, we have successfully advocated to protect the Gorge from irresponsible development, purchased scenic and sensitive lands for long-term preservation, and worked with community partners to foster a larger culture of Gorge stewardship by connecting thousands of students and volunteers to the Gorge’s wonders.
Two anonymous donors will be matching all gifts made to Friends of the Columbia Gorge, up to $50,000!
Update as of 12/15: a third anonymous donor has just offered an additional $30,000 in matching funds so gifts will continue to be doubled!
Update as of 12/23: to maintain momentum, two more anonymous donors have agreed to match all remaining gifts up to our $100,000 goal!
“Our communities and the natural areas we protect should be refuges, safe spaces for all people. But the raw truth is they are not. Racism is alive in our communities and Friends of the Columbia Gorge is committed to fighting discrimination, harassment, and violence in the areas we work to protect. No one should ever feel unwelcome or unsafe on public lands in the Columbia Gorge.” -Executive Director Kevin Gorman