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What is the Gorge Commission?


The Columbia River Gorge Commission was established in 1987 to develop and implement policies and programs that protect and enhance the scenic, natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Gorge, while encouraging growth within existing urban areas of the Gorge and allowing development outside urban areas consistent with resource protection.  


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Office Hours

The Columbia River Gorge Commission’s office will be open Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm. Due to budget reductions and staffing availability there are times that the Gorge Commission office is closed on short notice. We apologize for the inconvenience this presents to those of you who are requesting our services. Please contact our office before you come, to ensure that staff will be here to assist you. Thank you.

Hours of Planner-on-Duty:

A planner will be available for public inquiries at the Commission office from 8 am to noon and from       1 pm to 5 pm Monday through Thursday. The Gorge Commission remains committed to high quality public service and will respond to all inquiries promptly. We value our customers, associates and sovereign partners, and thank you for the opportunity to serve you.       


Cross Currents: 25 years of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Act.  Click here to watch video.    


New Zoning Map Resource Available!

View National Scenic Area land use desigations with aerial photographs and tax lot lines by clicking here.


We have created an interactive map on the National Geographic and ESRI sponsored map service.  It's a work in progress but you can check it out here.


Current Topics


Job opportunity - Principal Planner.


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The Columbia River Gorge Commission has produced a booklet that describes the unique resources in the gorge and the Commission's responsibilities under the Act. Download it here.


Oregon Consensus and the Ruckelshaus Center presented the results of more than 80 interviews with stakeholders and regional leaders in the Scenic Area.  Read press release and report. View presentation.


The Columbia River Gorge Commission has completed a staff report summarizing our investigation of a timber harvest on GMA Open Space land between Hood River and Mosier. This link to the report includes an executive summary, the full report, and several reference documents. The report lays out the history of the harvest, legal issues raised by the harvest, and the Commission’s alternatives for addressing those issues.

The timber harvest understandably generated a significant amount of public concern; the Gorge Commission is committed to working with agencies, landowners, and the public to successfully resolve concerns raised by the harvest. Thank you for your continued interest in the National Scenic Area.


The Columbia River Gorge Commission has asked the Oregon Consensus program and the William D. Ruckelshaus Center to conduct a series of individual and group interviews with a wide range of stakeholders and regional leaders to identify aspirations, concerns and willingness to find common ground for resource protection and community development in the Columbia River Gorge.  Read press release


Gorge 25 Effort wins 2011 Oregon Tourism & Hospitality Industry Exceptional Partnership Award!  Read more...

Come to the Gorge: Economic FlowWatch the video.


Vital Signs Indicators Project investigates resource indicators for adaptive management...Developing a system of measurements to assess the health of Gorge resources and the implementation of the National Scenic Area Act.  Read more...


Contact your elected official

Columbia River Gorge Commission
PO Box 730 | 1 Town & Country Square | 57 NE Wauna Avenue | White Salmon, WA 98672 | ph: 509-493-3323 | fax: 509-493-2229
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