The print version of this story should have said the event will be held March 2.

Sense of Place lecture series concludes for the year on Wednesday, March 2 with “The Trust for Public Land in the Columbia Gorge: The Untold Conservation Story” with Bowen Blair, at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River, hosted by Gorge Owned.

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) acquired important lands prior to passage of the National Scenic Area Act, and played a strategic, post-enactment role in securing iconic Gorge properties for public use. Lecturer Blair is vice chair of the Columbia River Gorge Commission and was the executive director of Friends of the Columbia Gorge from 1982-88. Blair founded the TPL’s Oregon office, started TPL’s national Tribal Lands Program, and headed its national land acquisition work as senior vice president.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for tastings, and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Admission is by $5-10 requested donation.

Gorge Owned also hosts a Green Drinks event on Mar 17, 6-9 p.m. at Kickstand Coffee at 13th and State streets. Enjoy live music, Irish food and coffee.

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