Archive for March, 2010

WOMEN IN OREGON HISTORY–NANCY RUSSELL–CONSERVATIONIST

March 12, 2010

  Sputtering attempts to protect the Columbia Gorge had begun as early as 1916 but land developers in the 1970s brought the political kettle to a boil.

  Nancy Russell co-founded the non-profit advocacy group Friends of the Columbia Gorge.  Using her own money, she bought more than thirty gorge properties, removed houses and outbuildings, and recontoured the land to its original form.  Then she opened it to the public. 

  Friends of the Columbia Gorge has grown into a preservation group with more than five thousand members.  It answers preservation challenges every year and helps keep the Columbia Gorge one of the beautiful places of Oregon for all the people of Oregon and for the state’s visitors.

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