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Living With Fire: Looking Back, Looking Ahead – Hood River Forum

Living With Fire: Looking Back, Looking Ahead – Hood River Forum

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Hosted by Friends of the Gorge
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Columbia Center for the Arts
215 Cascade Ave.
Hood River, OR 97031


Moderated by Hood River Paul Blackburn

Last year’s wildfire season was one of the worst in recent Pacific Northwest history. More than 1,000 fires were recorded in Oregon alone. The September 2017 Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia Gorge burned upwards of 48,000 acres, disrupting communities in Washington and Oregon and damaging scores of popular recreation areas in the heart of the Gorge’s waterfall corridor.

Now that wildfire season is back, tensions are high. According to numerous studies, the region will see increasingly drier summers due to climate change. Already in 2018, the Gorge has seen several blazes and the Substation fire east of The Dalles grew to over 70,000 acres in just a couple of days. These fires have inspired a remarkable public outpouring of support for protecting and stewarding the Gorge and supporting its communities.

Join us Aug. 30 at Hood River’s Columbia Center for the Arts for the first in a pair of community forums organized by Friends of the Columbia Gorge around the anniversary of the Eagle Creek fire. We’ll examine progress made over the past year and explore the policies needed to strengthen future wildfire resilience for the land, communities, and trails that make the Gorge such a special place.

The evening will feature presentations from a panel of experts with on-the-ground experience over the past year in Eagle Creek fire recovery efforts and Gorge fire ecology research. The event also will feature a tabling fair and special screening of documentaries made by White Salmon and Hood River middle school students about the impacts of the Eagle Creek fire on the forest, trails and communities of the Gorge.

Schedule of Event

6:00 p.m. Doors open & tabling fair begins, open cash bar

6:30 p.m. White Salmon & Hood River Middle School Eagle Creek fire documentary screening starts in theater

7-7:15 p.m. Welcome by Hood River Mayor Paul Blackburn; opening remarks by Michael Lang, Conservation Director, Friends of the Columbia Gorge

7:15-8:15 p.m. Featured Speakers & Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Paul Blackburn, Mayor of Hood River
  • Opening Remarks: Michael Lang, Conservation Director, Friends of the Columbia Gorge
  • Fire & Forest Ecology Speaker: Morris Johnson, U.S. Forest Service Research Fire Ecologist
  • Student Documentary Introduction: Sean O’Connor, Story Gorge
  • Eagle Creek Community Impacts & Responsible Recreation in Wildfire Season: Renee Tkach, Gorge Towns to Trails Manager, Friends of the Columbia Gorge
  • Managing Wildland-Urban Interfaces & Community Fire Safety: Dan Richardson, Firewise Coordinator, Underwood Conservation District

8:15 – 8:30 p.m. Moderated Q&A

Friends of the Gorge Website

  • August 30, 2018
    6:00pm - 8:30pm
  • August 30, 2018
    6:00pm - 8:30pm


Venue Phone: 541-387-8877

Venue Website:

215 Cascade Ave, Hood River, Oregon, 97031, United States


Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) is located in downtown Hood River, Oregon in the heart of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. This thriving art center increases and enhances the opportunities for artists and residents of the greater Columbia River Gorge community to participate in arts education and the literary, performing, and visual arts.

  • August 30, 2018
    6:00pm - 8:30pm

Columbia Center for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue
PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 387-8877
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Center Hours

Tuesday-Sunday , 10am-5pm

Open Christmas eve (12/24) 10am- 2pm
Closed 12/25 - 1/2



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