Damon Webster tapped for Gorge commission

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Damon Webster, vice president of the Vancouver engineering firm MacKay & Sposito Inc., has been appointed to the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

Webster, appointed by the Clark County Board of Commissioners, will succeed Joe Palena, who has held the seat since 1999 and did not seek reappointment.

A native of White Salmon, Webster serves on the board of the Vancouver Watersheds Council and is a past president of the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the 2004 class of Leadership Clark County, and holds a degree in civil engineering from Portland State University. His company has worked on projects for several public agencies in the Gorge. Most recently, it provided design engineering for the Fort Cascades Business Center for the Port of Skamania.

Webster’s term ends June 30, 2015.

The Gorge commission is a bistate panel with 12 voting members. Each of the six Gorge counties appoints a member to the commission and the governors of Washington and Oregon each appoint three members.

The commission makes decisions on land use applications, hears appeals of county land use decisions, and reviews and modifies the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Management Plan.