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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

 
 

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Hood River, OR 97031

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United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

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Welcome

Gorge Vistas - A Visitors Guide ( pdf file 2.7mb )

PhotoThe Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range.

It's 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep with the north canyon walls in Washington State and the south canyon walls in Oregon State.

 

 

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Holds Second Public Participation Meeting for the Coyote Wall (Syncline) Trail Project on December 12

On December 12, 2007 , 6:00 p.m. , the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, USDA Forest Service, will hold its second public participation process meeting for planning a trail system in the Coyote Wall (Syncline) and Catherine Creek area.   I  The meetings will be held at the Pioneer Center in White Salmon, Washington.

Click here for November 14 Meeting Notes: Coyote Wall Catherine Creek 11/14/07 Public Mtg Notes, Summary of Issues and Concerns 11/14/07 Public Mtg

Click here for background information: Your National Forest - Projects & Plans

 

Recreation Facility Analysis Proposed 5-Year Program of Work

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area seeks feedback on the Recreation Facility Analysis Proposed 5-Year Program of Work. Click here for more information: Proposed 5 Year Program of Work News Release

Recreation Facility Analysis (RFA)

(formally Recreation Site Facility Master Plan)

Recreation Site Facility Master Plan (RSFMP) is now referred to as Recreation Facility Analysis (RFA). The term "master plan" implied a decision making process as opposed to an analytical one, therefore the name was changed to a more accurate and simpler one. RFA is an analysis tool to help forests align their developed recreation sites with the unique characteristics of the forest, projected recreation demand, visitor expectations, and revenue. The outcome will be documented in a proposed 5-year program of work. Public involvement is vital to ensure that these actions are responsive to visitor needs.

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has developed a Proposed 5-Year Program of Work and now is available for your review and comments. Click Here to view the Proposed Program of work: Proposed 5 Year Program of Work

Link to more information and update on the process

Recreation

Hiking, mountain biking, windsurfing, camping, fishing, boating, wildlife watching, birding, wildflower viewing, photography, picnicking, rock climbing. You can do all this and more in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

WATERFALLS

Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge. A visit to the area is not complete without a visit to its breathtaking waterfalls.

Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Though Multnomah Falls is grand and popular, all of the falls in the Gorge are special and breathtaking.

History

For over 31,000 years, the Columbia River Gorge has supported flourishing civilizations. Evidence of the Folsom and Marmes people, who crossed the Great Continental Divide from Asia, were found in archaeological digs. Excavations at Five Mile Rapids, a few miles east of The Dalles, show humans have occupied this ideal salmon fishing site for more than 10,000 years.

Geology

The Columbia River Plateau was created by a series of basalt flows.  The flows covered 164,000 square kilometers -- portions of northeast Oregon, southwest Washington and western Idaho.

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What is a National Scenic Area (NSA)?

National Scenic Area Act (Link to Mulnomah County Site)

Draft Revised Management Plan (Link to Columbia River Gorge Commison Site)

Northwest Oregon Contracting Area


 

 

 

USDA Forest Service - Columbia River Gorge NSA
Last Modified: Tuesday, 10 July 2007 at 17:52:03 EDT


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