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Slide show on National Scenic Area available to Gorge schools

Gorge Commission offers outreach program

The Gorge Commission's Public Outreach staff has prepared a presentation on the National Scenic Area that is now available to Gorge-area service clubs, schools and other interested organizations.

The presentation leads off with a 15-minute slide show that summarizes the history and makeup of the Scenic Area, and the roles that the Gorge Commission and U.S. Forest Service and its agency partners -- the six Gorge counties, four Gorge tribes, and numerous state and federal agencies -- play in regulating land use outside of the Gorge's 13 urban areas. The slide show is followed by a question-answer period where audience members can discuss Scenic Area issues.

"We've developed this slide show not only to provide information, but also as a way to help us understand the issues and ideas people have about the Scenic Area," said Commission Executive Director Martha Bennett. "Citizens have many good ideas and many concerns that we need to explore and understand. This is particularly important as we review for the first time the Management Plan that governs land use in non-urban areas of the Scenic Area."

To schedule the presentation, contact Keith Fredrickson, the Commission's public outreach coordinator, at 509-493-3323, ext. 227 or by e-mail at


A sample of the presentation can also be viewed on the Gorge Commission's website:

Click on "Tour of the Gorge" for the presentation.


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