Public invited to information sessions on National Scenic Area Management Plan

Hood River, Ore. – The Columbia River Gorge Commission, the U.S. Forest Service, and the six Gorge counties have jointly scheduled four public information sessions to share progress on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Management Plan review and revision process, called Gorge 2020.
The four sessions will summarize comments received during initial public scoping in January through April 2017, as well as Government to Government consultations with the four Treaty Tribes.
“The Gorge Commission and Forest Service have carefully considered all the comments we received in 2017 from the public, local governments, state and federal agencies, and the four Treaty Tribes, and we will now focus our energy on four key topics, engage experts and stakeholders, and move forward with necessary revisions in the next two years,” said Krystyna U. Wolniakowski, Executive Director of the Gorge Commission.
The sessions will include details about the Gorge 2020 process, and outline public participation opportunities for the four main focus topics selected for in-depth analysis. These topics include: economic vitality, urban area boundaries, emerging land uses & the development review process, recreation resources. Participants in the meetings will also learn about a new online tool for providing additional input on Gorge 2020.
Meetings dates and places are below. Doors will open for all sessions at 5:30 with coffee and conversation.
• February 6. 6:00–7:30 p.m. – Corbett School MPB Building. 35800 Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett, OR
• February 7. 6:00–7:30 p.m. – Liberty Middle School. 1612 NE Garfield St Camas, WA
• February 15. 6:00–7:30 p.m. – Hegewald Center. 710 SW Rock Creek Drive Stevenson, WA
• February 20. 6:00–7:30 p.m. – Ft. Dalles Readiness Center. 402 E. Scenic Drive, The Dalles, OR