On September 2nd, the Eagle Creek Fire started burning in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The blaze has grown to more than 48,500 acres and has impacted some of the most visited sites in the Gorge.
Our thoughts go out to the residents in the Gorge who have been evacuated, and our thanks goes to the firefighters, Forest Service staff, and the other agencies responding to this fire.
The National Forest Foundation is working closely with the U.S. Forest Service to understand the impacts of the fire and how people can best support recovery efforts.
The fire is still not fully contained and public access will likely be limited for many months as the Forest Service assesses the damage and works to ensure that impacted areas are safe for visitors.
While fires are a natural part of many forested ecosystems, when they impact places like the Columbia River Gorge, our thoughts turn to how we can help the ecosystems, trails and wildlife habitat that we cherish recover. That is why the NFF established the Eagle Creek Fire Restoration Fund to aid the recovery of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic.
From reopening hiking trails, to restoring wildlife habitat and planting trees, the needs will be immense and your support will prove invaluable.
While there will be some opportunities for people to volunteer their time to support the recovery efforts, most of the work will need to be done by professionals. Your donation will help the NFF get the right people to efficiently support the recovery of the burned area.
Your donations now will help the NFF, the Forest Service, and local partners launch our restoration efforts in the coming months. From reopening hiking trails, to restoring wildlife habitat and planting new trees, the needs will be immense and your support will prove invaluable.
The NFF will work in coordination with the Forest Service to support high-priority, post-fire projects in the Gorge. The funds will be dispersed to local organizations or local contractors to complete the needed stewardship and restoration work.
As the non-profit partner to the U.S. Forest Service, the NFF is a 501c3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible. For every $1 that is donated, $0.85 goes to on-the-ground restoration efforts.
All funds will be dedicated to the restoration of the portion of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area that have been impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire.
Updated information on the Eagle Creek Fire can be found here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5584.
NFF Contact Information
Patrick Shannon | NFF Pacific Northwest Director