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Friends of the Columbia Gorge hosts forum to discuss recovery from the Eagle Creek fire and how to build resilience for future fires.

COURTESY OF U.S. FOREST SERVICE - Greenery returns to Tanner Creek, an area severely burned in the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. In the midst of another fierce summer wildfire season, the Friends of the Columbia Gorge is hosting a public forum, Living with Fire, at OMSI on Sept. 12.

The event, timed about a year after the devastating Eagle Creek fire in the Gorge, will focus on progress over the past year and explore policies to strengthen resilience that makes the Gorge a special place.

The main event is a panel discussion with ecologists and others from the Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Trailkeepers of Oregon, followed by an audience Q&A.

Before that, there'll be screenings of six Eagle Creek fire documentaries by White Salmon and Hood River Middle school students.

Story Gorge, a Bingen, Washington-based storytelling group, teamed with the students and the U.S. Forest Service to create a media education program and produce the documentaries. For more information about the program and the films: www.storygorge.com/student-films

Doors open to the event at 6 p.m.

For more information: gorgefriends.org/news-events/events/2018-09-12/living-with-fire--looking-back-looking-ahead---portland.html

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