ROOTED IN PLACE, POWERED BY LOCALS

Gorge Owned, a community-building organization working toward resilient, thriving communities in the Columbia Gorge, formally dissolved in 2020, but the organization’s work continues in many of the programs and initiatives it helped to launch. Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers and staff who gave so much time and energy over the years.

Sense of Place Lecture Series

The annual Sense of Place lecture series connects people through place and storytelling. Sense of Place features presenters from throughout the Pacific Northwest who share new insights into the cultural, natural, or political history of the Columbia River Gorge. The program is now a program of Mt. Adams Institute.

Power of Local, Sustainable Choices

For every $100 you spend at a local business, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays here. Local business do much more than provide jobs and revenue: they are the lifeblood of our Main Streets who give bad in myriad ways. 

About Gorge Owned

For nearly a decade, GO worked to advance social, economic, and environmental resilience in the Columbia River Gorge. Through community conversations, powerful lectures, and a passion for strengthening local communities, we helped people deepen their connections to our landscape and to one another.

Latest News:

Gorge Owned Announces Plans To Dissolve in 2020

Gorge Owned Announces Plans To Dissolve in 2020

Almost exactly 9 years ago, a group of locally owned, community and environmentally minded businesses provided me with the inspiration and confidence to launch Gorge Owned (GO!)—a program of the Columbia Gorge Earth Center dedicated to raising awareness about the ways...

Hear in the Gorge LIVE!

Hear in the Gorge LIVE!

On October 24th, 6:30 - 8 pm at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, join Hear in the Gorge host/producer, Sarah Fox and special guest, Terrie Brigham - co-owner of Brigham Fish Market (Cascade Locks) and member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian...

Sense of Place 10th Anniversary Season Line Up Announced

Sense of Place 10th Anniversary Season Line Up Announced

This year we celebrate our landmark 10th season of the Sense of Place lecture series, with a line up that promises to be one of our most engaging. We are thrilled to announce the line up for the 2019-20 season below. For more information about our...

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