notice of annual meeting

The 2009 Annual Meeting will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97232. A meeting notice and proxy statement will be sent to all shareholders in April. If you plan to attend the annual meeting, you will need to detach and retain the admission ticket attached to your proxy card mailed to you with the notice of the annual meeting and the proxy statement. As space is limited, you may bring only one guest to the meeting. If you hold your stock through a broker, bank, or other nominee, please bring evidence to the meeting that you owned NW Natural Common Stock as of the record date, and we will provide you with an admission ticket. A form of government-issued photograph identification will be required to enter the meeting.

dividend reinvestment and direct stock purchase plan

Participants may make an initial investment in company stock and common shareholders of record may reinvest all or part of their dividends in additional shares under the company’s plan. Cash purchases may also be made. Participants in the plan bear the cost of brokerage fees and commissions for shares purchased on the open market to fulfill purchases under the plan. A prospectus will be sent upon request.

scheduled payment dates

February 13, 2009
May 15, 2009
August 14, 2009
November 13, 2009


The Chief Executive Officer certified to the NYSE on May 23, 2008 that, as of that date, he was not aware of any violation by the company of NYSE’s corporate governance listing standards, and the company had filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as exhibits 31.1 and 31.2 to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended

December 31, 2007, the certificates of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of the company certifying the quality of the company’s public disclosure. For the year ended December 31, 2008, the certificates of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer are attached as exhibits 31.1 and 31.2 to the Form 10-K included in this Annual Report.

contact the nw natural board

Concerns may be directed to the nonmanagement directors as follows:

Call (800) 541-9967, or
Write to NW Natural Board of Directors,
c/o Corporate Secretary, or

forward-looking statements

The statements made in this Annual Report that are not purely historical, including statements regarding growth, returns, business development, operational changes, strategy, governmental policy and regulatory actions, economic factors and the competitive environment are forward-looking statements within the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. NW Natural’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, including those described in the attached report on Form 10-K. For a more complete description of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to our filings with the SEC on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.

shareholder information

Relations and Services

Robert S. Hess
Investor Relations
(800) 422-4012, Ext. 2388

Kimberlee V. Anderson
Shareholder Services
(800) 422-4012, Ext. 3412

request for publications

The following publications may be obtained without charge by contacting the Corporate Secretary at NW Natural’s address: Annual Report; Form 10-K; Form 10-Q; Corporate Governance Standards; Director Independence Standards; Code of Ethics; and Board Committee Charters.

These publications, as well as other filings made with the SEC, also are available on NW Natural’s web site at Our SEC filings are also available in the public reference room of the SEC at 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, by calling (800) 732-0330 or by accessing the SEC web site at

stock transfer agent and registrar

For the common stock:
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
59 Maiden Lane, Plaza Level
New York, NY 10038
(888) 777-0321

trustee and bond paying agent

For all bond issues:
Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
60 Wall Street
27th Floor - MS NYC60-2710
New York, NY 10005
(800) 735-7777

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220 NW Second Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 226-4211 or toll-free (800) 422-4012

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