Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Friends of the Columbia Gorge protects the scenic, natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge region. We do so by ensuring strict implementation of the National Scenic Area Act and other laws protecting the Columbia River Gorge; promoting responsible stewardship of Gorge lands; encouraging public ownership of sensitive areas; educating the public on the unique values of the Gorge; and working with groups and individuals to accomplish mutual preservation goals.

Friends of the Columbia Gorge
522 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 720
Portland, OR 97204
United States
(503) 241-3762
http://www.gorgefriends.org

Executive Director

Kevin Gorman

Management Team

Kevin Gorman, Nathan Baker, Samantha Lockhart, Renee Tkach, Peter Cornelison, Kevin Gorman, Maegan Jossy, Michael Lang, Marilyn Lipko, Kate McBride, Rick Till, Sandy Wright

Board of Directors

Kevin Gorman, Nathan Baker, Samantha Lockhart, Renee Tkach, Peter Cornelison, Kevin Gorman, Maegan Jossy, Michael Lang, Marilyn Lipko, Kate McBride, Rick Till, Sandy Wright

Project Leaders

Kevin Gorman

Mission

Friends of the Columbia Gorge protects the scenic, natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge region. We do so by ensuring strict implementation of the National Scenic Area Act and other laws protecting the Columbia River Gorge; promoting responsible stewardship of Gorge lands; encouraging public ownership of sensitive areas; educating the public on the unique values of the Gorge; and working with groups and individuals to accomplish mutual preservation goals.

Programs

1. Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust: Our Land Trust was created in 2005 to protect and enhance critical landscapes through acquisition and stewardship. Since its inception, the land trust has purchased or received through donations 15 properties totaling over 830 acres in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. With emphases to protect scenic and natural resources, as well as to promote recreation opportunities such as trail links, the land trust works with landowners to protect and preserve the Gorge's natural beauty. 2. Gorge Towns to Trails: GT2T is a vision for a comprehensive trail system that wraps around the Columbia Gorge, linking communities with recreation, benefiting tourism, and highlighting and enhancing the beauty and wonder of the Columbia Gorge. Our goal is to create nearly 60 miles of trail connecting Gorge urban areas to National Scenic Area lands. 3. The Vic Clausen Youth Education Fund was established in 2008 with a $65,000 gift from long-time supporter and Vancouver resident Phyllis Clausen in honor of her late-husband. With a strong environmental background, Phyllis saw the need to provide an environmental education experience. The Vic Clausen Youth Education Program began four years ago in partnership with the Washougal, WA, School District, where it continues today. Over 800 middle school students have participated in this program. The goal of the program is to expose local youth to the wonders of the Columbia Gorge, its significance as a national treasure, and the story of its preservation through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. This two-day outdoor program can give each child useful outdoor skills and knowledge, as well as powerful memories which they may recall when considering the fate of Gorge protection as adults. The Clausen Youth Education Program also strives to nurture the connection that Washougal students already have to the Gorge and builds on their sense of place to develop a land stewardship ethic.

Statistics on Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $1,142,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $1,142,000
  • Other funding sources: 80% individual donors, 10% corporations, 5% corporate/workplace giving, 3% interest earnings, 2% miscellaneous
  • Religious Affiliation: None