25th Anniversary of the National Scenic Area
Celebrating a 25-Year Milestone: The National Scenic Area Act
On November 17, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, the only stand-alone environmental legislation passed during Reagan's eight-year presidency. With passage of the Act, the Gorge became the first landscape to be specifically designated as a National Scenic Area by Congress.
Twenty-five years later, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and our
partner organizations celebrated a quarter-century of landmark
legislation that has protected the natural wonders and
cultural history of the Columbia River Gorge, as well as supported the economies and communities of Gorge urban areas.
The story of the passage of the National Scenic Area Act is one of a
treasured landscape, long odds, and the fierce dedication of lawmakers
and ordinary citizens.
"A Wild and Beautiful Ride: Passage of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Act"
On the 25th Anniversary of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, Bowen Blair describes the twisting and bumpy road to the scenic act's passage by Congress.
July 20, 2011
Friends' Executive Director Kevin Gorman was a guest on Gorge-based Localite TV, talking about the history of Gorge protection and the prospects for the future.
May 5, 2011
KGW's Grant McOmie pays tribute to 25 years of Gorge protection with this beautiful video.