After the Smoke Clears (Hood River)

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 30 at Bowe Theater at Hood River Valley High School for the conclusion of a series of educational public forums on the Eagle Creek fire. Come learn how you and the rest of our community can support the recovery of the Columbia River Gorge.

Doors open at 5:45pm |  Event starts promptly at 6:30pm

The Columbia River Gorge is a beloved national treasure and icon of the Northwest. The Eagle Creek fire had a significant impact on our region—threatening Gorge communities, disrupting businesses, filling our skies with smoke, and burning through cherished hiking trails. Many are still working through the accompanying anger, outrage, anxiety, and stress from the fire. 

Now that rains have come and largely put the fire out, we can breathe deeply and look to the forest for what it can teach us about natural recovery systems. It's also a time to look ahead at ways we can increase resilience for the land, communities, and trails that make the Gorge such a special place. 

The series will feature a combination of multimedia presentations on what happened in the fire and examinations of key challenges moving forward, featuring insights from a collection of noted fire ecologists, forestry researchers, and leaders from local business, conservation and recreation organizations.  

Learn more about the impact of the fire on the Gorge and what you can do to help the forests naturally recover and protect cherished public lands into the future.

This series is co-sponsored by Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Oregon Wild, Crag Law Center, Sierra Club, Bark, the Audubon Society of Portland, and Mazamas. 

Aerial photo of the Gorge (post-fire) by Trip Jennings