Lydie Boyer, a Gorge resident and longtime supporter of Friends shared with us why she loves the Gorge and why she felt compelled to name Friends in her estate plans.
It's impossible to think of a single reason why I love the Gorge - more like a vast explosion of reasons. Steep, forested cliffs, fascinating basalt columns, countless waterfalls, and endless hiking and biking trails and fishing side-streams…kiteboarding, windsurfing, paddle boarding, sailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, whitewater rafting…the elegant paddle-wheelers that make their way through the Gorge offering breathtaking vistas from one end to the next.
Since Congress acted in 1986 to create the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, deep-pocketed interests have threatened this unique natural wonder by, among other things, encouraging inappropriate development, giant casinos, wind farms, and transporting hazardous materials by rail. Without the noble, selfless dedication of Friends toward protecting the Scenic Area for future generations, unbridled assaults will succeed. Because of Friends, much of what would imperil the Gorge has been kept at bay. Under Friends' stewardship, the Gorge will remain uncorrupted by those who would rather promote its degradation than see its magnificent beauty remain as is.
With legacy gifts like Lydie's the Gorge will remain a special place for generations to come.