The Columbia River Gorge Commission was established in 1987 by the states of Oregon and Washington through an interstate compact, the Columbia River Gorge Compact.
The Columbia River Gorge Commission's mission is to establish, implement and enforce policies and programs that protect and enhance the scenic, natural, recreational and cultural resources of the Columbia River Gorge, and to support the economy of the area by encouraging growth to occur in existing urban areas and allowing economic development consistent with resource protection.
What we Do.
The Gorge Commission works with the U.S. Forest Service to set policy for protecting the non-federal lands in the Gorge. We also serve as an appeals board for land-use decisions, support counties in administering ordinances and encourage economic development.