photo via Eagle Creek Fire Facebook page
Executive Director Glenn Lamb offers a statement in response to the tragic Eagle Creek Fire

Dear Friends,

We are all struggling to come to terms with what might be lost in the Columbia Gorge as the fires burn. Our hearts are bound to all the lives deeply affected: friends and communities whose homes have an unknown future; firefighters and first responders and volunteers; wild creatures and rare habitat; and all of us, all of us who live and breathe the vast beauty of the Columbia Gorge as part of our daily lives.

While it is still far too early to know the full extent of the damage inflicted by the fire, we know that the landscape Nancy Russell so aptly described as “a place apart” has a long recovery ahead. I am moved by the resilience of our Columbia Gorge communities and I know that we will experience resiliencies we cannot yet imagine in the future of this special landscape. Thank you to all for being a supportive and caring community. Resiliency and connectedness are our beacons for now.

In friendship,
Glenn

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