Community Building Block

Healthy Environment

Thank you for taking care of the world, and I will too.

Hood River Second Grader
Community Building Block

Healthy Environment

Thank you for taking care of the world, and I will too.

Hood River Second Grader

Sustaining Nature for the Benefit of Oregonians

The Columbia River Gorge serves as an important natural resource for many Oregonians—offering a place for cultural preservation for tribal nations, nourishment through its wide variety of fish, and recreational activities like boating, swimming and windsurfing that support local economies.

The Gorge’s ecosystem is also a place where curious students and ecologists alike can learn about ways to protect and enhance their natural environment.

However, many Oregon residents don’t have the opportunity or resources to enjoy the Gorge—or to help preserve it. To bridge this gap, nonprofit Colombia Riverkeeper stepped in to reduce financial and logistical barriers to enjoying the Gorge and to increase opportunities for communities to develop skills to help restore the natural area.

Bringing volunteers and students from Gorge communities together, the organization teaches people how to monitor water quality, restore waterfront areas and develop long-term conservation plans to protect the health and vitality of the river.

With an emphasize on diversity and access, Colombia Riverkeeper hired a community organizer to engage the Latino community, ensuring Latino residents, who make up about a quarter of the Hood River population, have the opportunity to actively participate in conservation efforts and lead the development of culturally-responsive programming. Columbia Riverkeeper’s commitment to building connections between communities and the environment has established a powerful coalition of advocates that have significantly changed the way we protect and use Oregon’s natural resources.

Sustaining Nature for the Benefit of Oregonians

The Columbia River Gorge serves as an important natural resource for many Oregonians—offering a place for cultural preservation for tribal nations, nourishment through its wide variety of fish, and recreational activities like boating, swimming and windsurfing that support local economies.

The Gorge’s ecosystem is also a place where curious students and ecologists alike can learn about ways to protect and enhance their natural environment.

However, many Oregon residents don’t have the opportunity or resources to enjoy the Gorge—or to help preserve it. To bridge this gap, nonprofit Colombia Riverkeeper stepped in to reduce financial and logistical barriers to enjoying the Gorge and to increase opportunities for communities to develop skills to help restore the natural area.

Bringing volunteers and students from Gorge communities together, the organization teaches people how to monitor water quality, restore waterfront areas and develop long-term conservation plans to protect the health and vitality of the river.

With an emphasize on diversity and access, Colombia Riverkeeper hired a community organizer to engage the Latino community, ensuring Latino residents, who make up about a quarter of the Hood River population, have the opportunity to actively participate in conservation efforts and lead the development of culturally-responsive programming. Columbia Riverkeeper’s commitment to building connections between communities and the environment has established a powerful coalition of advocates that have significantly changed the way we protect and use Oregon’s natural resources.

Sustaining Nature for the Benefit of Oregonians

The Columbia River Gorge serves as an important natural resource for many Oregonians—offering a place for cultural preservation for tribal nations, nourishment through its wide variety of fish, and recreational activities like boating, swimming and windsurfing that support local economies.

The Gorge’s ecosystem is also a place where curious students and ecologists alike can learn about ways to protect and enhance their natural environment.

However, many Oregon residents don’t have the opportunity or resources to enjoy the Gorge—or to help preserve it. To bridge this gap, nonprofit Colombia Riverkeeper stepped in to reduce financial and logistical barriers to enjoying the Gorge and to increase opportunities for communities to develop skills to help restore the natural area.

Bringing volunteers and students from Gorge communities together, the organization teaches people how to monitor water quality, restore waterfront areas and develop long-term conservation plans to protect the health and vitality of the river.

With an emphasize on diversity and access, Colombia Riverkeeper hired a community organizer to engage the Latino community, ensuring Latino residents, who make up about a quarter of the Hood River population, have the opportunity to actively participate in conservation efforts and lead the development of culturally-responsive programming. Columbia Riverkeeper’s commitment to building connections between communities and the environment has established a powerful coalition of advocates that have significantly changed the way we protect and use Oregon’s natural resources.

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Tracking Oregon's Progress (TOP) is a joint effort of Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and Oregon State University (OSU) to track Oregon's economic, social and environmental progress. The full 2018 TOP Report includes 'How to Mobilize Communities' and 'Reflections on Community-Driven Solutions.'

Get the full report

Tracking Oregon's Progress (TOP) is a joint effort of Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and Oregon State University (OSU) to track Oregon's economic, social and environmental progress. The full 2018 TOP Report includes 'How to Mobilize Communities' and 'Reflections on Community-Driven Solutions.'