Place Stories

The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute is committed to providing educational programs that connect people and place, communities and conservation through education and experiences throughout this amazing and unique landscape.  For years, we have partnered with the US Forest Service and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area as well as other forests in the Pacific Northwest Region.

Through our collaborative work with the US Forest Service we’ve recognized that there are lifetimes of experiences out there that make connections to the special places of our region.  Through the generations of people recreating, working, and living in our region we know there are stories that can be shared about what makes the Northwest special.  In partnership with the Forest Service effort for Valuing Places and People, we are embarking on a joint project to record stories about six unique areas.

Tell us your stories of the the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon Dunes and Cape Perpetua, Hells Canyon, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Umpqua National Forest,  or Mount St. Helens.  How have these places changed your family history?  What memorable moment sticks with you about one or more of these places?  Why do you keep coming back?  How do these landscapes define some part of who you are? You may have a memorable story about a different forest. We’d love to hear about that as well.  Tell your story about another forest by clicking HERE.

Click on one of the images below and share your story in the online form you find there.  We’ll take a sampling of the stories and share them on this site as well as on the Field Rangers facebook page–just click the image to the right and see what’s new!

Umpqua National Forest

Cape Perpetua & Oregon DunesCape Perpetua & Oregon Dunes
Mount Baker-SnoqualmieMount Baker-Snoqualmie
Columbia GorgeColumbia Gorge
Mount St. HelensMount St. Helens
Hells CanyonHells Canyon