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Topics of Interest & News

Eagle Creek Fire UPdate

The Eagle Creek Fire continues to smolder on the Mt Hood National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. While active fire behavior has subsided, the area remains very dangerous and is CLOSED to the public until further notice. The fire fighters and resource specialists working in the burned area are reporting hazardous conditions, and there are areas even trained personnel cannot access safely. It is incredibly important for everyone’s safety, including local emergency responders, that we respect the closure order. (Links to additional information below)
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Eagle Creek Fire

For more information on the Eagle Creek Fire and other fire incidents in the area, visit the Inciweb page. The USFS National Scenic Area office has been providing up to date information through their Facebook page, Twitter (@CRGCNSA), and website. Many of the trails and parks in the burned area will be closed until conditions can be deemed safe for visitors.
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Gorge Gazette

On this day in 1986, President Reagan signed the National Scenic Area Act. On the occasion of our 30th anniversary, our Gorge Commissioner Rodger Nichols, appointed by Wasco County to serve on the Gorge Commission, created the first issue of the “Gorge Gazette”. We hope you enjoy reading the articles.
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The Vital Signs Indicators Project

The Vital Signs Indicators Project (VSI) is a long-term and rigorous effort to measure and track the conditions of the scenic, natural, economic, cultural, and recreation resources in the Scenic Area.
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Coal and Oil Transport Resolution

The Columbia River Gorge Commission endorsed sending a letter of resolution to the governors of Washington and Oregon regarding the Commission’s...
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Legal memo on application of Measure 91 (OR) and Initiative 502 (WA) in the CRGNSA

As planners have prepared for implementation of Measure 91 in Oregon and Initiative 502 in Washington, the Gorge Commission was asked about guidance...
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Urban Area Boundary Legal Descriptions Project

The Commission has been working with professional surveyors, consultants, and stakeholders to produce clearly defined legal descriptions for the 13 urban areas in the Scenic Area.
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Administrative Assessment

Researchers from the Center for Public Service in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington presented its findings and recommendations from an assessment of the Commission's responsibilities under the National Scenic Area Act and interstate Gorge Compact.
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Interim Recreation Strategy

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Recreation Report and Recommended Interim Strategies is a management tool that will be used by resource protection and public recreation managers who manage publicly owned land outside of the urban areas.
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