The commission was established by a compact between Oregon and Washington in 1987 in response to the 1986 National Scenic Area Act passed by Congress. The Act established the 292,500 acre Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. They work in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, six counties, 13 urban areas and four Columbia River treaty fishing tribes to implement a regional management plan that protects the scenic, natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and support the area’s economy when compatible with resource protections.
The commission has 13 members: six appointed by each of the counties, three appointed by the Oregon governor, three appointed by the Washington governor and one representing the U.S. secretary of agriculture. The commission has eight staff specializing in land use planning and resource management.
Mailing Address: PO Box 730, White Salmon, WA 98672
Contact: Krystyna Wolniakowski, Executive Director
Public Information Officer: Krystyna Wolniakowski
Legal & Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS 196