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Columbia Gorge: The Fight for Paradise

OPB | Nov. 17, 2011 8:30 p.m.

As the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Act turns 25, a look back at its dual mandate of protection and economic development.

First Broadcast: 2011
Producer: Christy George
Editor: Lisa Suinn Kallem
Reporters: Jule Gilfillan, Ed Jahn, Vince Patton
Chief Videographer: Nicholas Fisher
Videographers: Michael Bendixen, Greg Bond, Tom Shrider, Todd Sonflieth

More Information
Oregon Field Guide “Missoula Floods”
Oregon Field Guide “Missoula Floods Erratics”
Oregon Experience “The River They Saw”
Think Out Loud “Capturing the Gorge”
Oregon Experience “Sam Hill”
Text of the National Scenic Act
25th Anniversary
Chuck Williams’ tribe
Friends of the Gorge
Oregon Field Guide “Gorge Wildflowers”
The Gorge Commission
US Forest Service in the Gorge
Court cases
Whistling Ridge Energy
Oregon Field Guide story on Wind Turbine School
Wind meets hydro in the Gorge
Think Out Loud “What Wind Means for the Gorge”
Gorge Discovery Center
Columbia Gorge bike trail:
Historic Columbia River Highway
Blowing up the Condit Dam
Ecotrope “5 ways the Northwest grid is getting smarter”
Woody Guthrie’s Bonneville Dam gig
The future of Gorge utilities
Gorge recreation
Think Out Loud “Bottling it Up in Cascade Locks”
Oregon Field Guide “Gorge Tugboat”
Confluence Project
Think Out Loud “Maya Lin and the Confluence Project”
Earthfix “How The Columbia Gorge Scenic Act Helps Native Species”
Arts & Life Slideshow: Columbia River Gorge
Earthfix “A Guide to Haze in the Columbia River Gorge”


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