Friends protects the wonders of the Columbia Gorge for future generations to enjoy. The beautiful Columbia Gorge ranked #6 in the world for iconic destinations by National Geographic Traveler - ahead of every U.S. National Park. It was even home to scenes from the movie "Twilight." This project supports our work to inspire youth to protect the Gorge, educate hikers on its natural beauty and history, and protect the wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife that make the Gorge a national treasure.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Columbia River Gorge is one of the nation's- and the world's- most beautiful landscapes. But it is under pressure. If it is not protected, today's children will be unable to enjoy its beauty. Our children's legacy of waterfalls, lush wildflowers and rare wildlife is threatened by large-scale development, air pollution and the over-use that comes with three million visitors per year. Friends works to protect the Gorge from degradation and to inspire people to protect this one-of-a-kind place.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will support Friends' efforts to: Inspire youth to become tomorrow's conservationists through our Outdoor Youth Education Program; Oppose large-scale destructive development proposals, like a mega-casino and destination resorts; Educate the public on 80+ hikes and outings each year to the Gorge's hidden places; Advocate to decision-makers for policies that ensure long-term protection; and Use our land trust to permanently protect sensitive lands.
Potential Long Term Impact
This project will benefit the three million people who visit the Gorge each year, the thousands who live in the Gorge communities, and the generation of young people who will one day be not just its visitors, but its stewards. This project will ensure long-term protection of sensitive habitat, endangered species like salmon and rare plants, wildflowers, waterfalls and trails. No other organization is working exclusively to protect the resources of the Columbia Gorge for future generations.
Total Funding Received to Date: $13,050
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $11,950
Total Funding Goal: $25,000