Beginning on September 2nd, the Eagle Creek Fire has been burning in the Columbia River Gorge. In just a few days, the blaze grew to more than 37,000 acres and has impacted some of the most visited sites in the Gorge.
The National Forest Foundation is just one of the many organizations that work with the U.S. Forest Service to help improve our National Forests and Grasslands. 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 wildfire. Crews are still actively battling this blaze, 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.
We know that once the fire is out, there will be much work to do. Many individuals have expressed a strong desire to help with restoration and recovery efforts. In the coming months and years, volunteer opportunities and other ways to help will materialize. For now, the Forest Service and its partners are focused on protecting public safety, public and private property, and the Gorge’s beloved landscapes.
Like you, the NFF would like to see the beautiful areas of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area restored. That’s why we established the Eagle Creek Fire Restoration Fund to aid this area’s eventual recovery.
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