Who We Are
Friends of the Columbia Gorge is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980 to push for federal protection of the Columbia River Gorge. In 1986, Friends helped secure the passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act to create comprehensive Gorge protection consistent across six counties and two states.
Since passage of the National Scenic Area Act, Friends has helped work to ensure over 40,000 acres of private land has been brought into public ownership; commented on 300+ development applications in the Gorge per year; and educated the public about the Gorge with over 60 free hikes annually. In 2005, Friends created Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust, a 509(a)(3) support organization to acquire critical lands in the Columbia Gorge. Since then, the land trust has acquired through purchase and donation over 650 acres of land.
Today, Friends of the Columbia Gorge is the only non-profit dedicated entirely to protecting the Columbia River Gorge. With a staff of 17, offices in Portland and Hood River, OR, and Washougal, WA, and over 5,000 members, Friends of the Columbia Gorge is uniquely suited to ensuring that the wild and beautiful Columbia Gorge remains a place apart, an unspoiled treasure for generations to come.
Read our 2012-15 Strategic Plan.
Become a member of Friends of the Columbia Gorge today.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust was established in 2005 with the goal of identifying key priority Gorge landscapes for purchase and protection. Since its inception, the land trust has acquired or received over 650 acres of land in Oregon and Washington, making Friends one of the largest private landholders in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Read more on our land trust page.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust is a support organization of Friends of the Columbia Gorge with its own Board of Trustees.