Support the Economy

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Approximately 55,000 people live, work and play in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The second purpose of the National Scenic Area Act mandates the Commission to protect and support the economy by encouraging growth to occur in existing urban areas and by allowing new economic development in a manner that is consistent with the protection of the scenic, natural, cultural and recreation resources. Agriculture, forestry and tourism are the chief economic sectors, and are highlighted within the measures contained in this chapter.