Bend Wild Wednesday - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act: Looking at the Political Battles of the Past, Present, and Future to Protect Oregon's Rivers.

Broken Top Bottle Shop and Oregon Wild have teamed up to educate, and share tales of epic backcountry adventures told by members of our local community. As central Oregonians, many of us share a love for exploring mountains, rivers, deserts and other wild places.  The Wild Wednesday’s series is about giving local adventurers a stage to tell their stories and inspire the rest of us to face our own challenges and embark on our own journeys to experience wilderness.

Later this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, which has protected 59 sections of our incredible Oregon rivers for recreation, fish and wildlife, clean water, scenic beauty, and cultural significance.

On Wednesday, September 19th noted conservationist Andy Kerr will present a lively history of the congressional and local politics of the inclusion of 59 Oregon stream segments, totaling 1,908 miles, in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System from the enactment of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 until today. He’ll also give details on potential new protections for ~250 additional miles of Oregon streams pending in Congress.

Join us Wednesday September 19th, 5:30-7:00pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop to hear his story and enjoy the visual journey. This is a free event. 

Andy Kerr is the Czar of the Larch Company and consults on environmental and conservation issues. Kerr has been closely involved with the establishment or expansion of 46 Wilderness Areas and 47 Wild and Scenic Rivers, 13 congressionally legislated special management areas, 15 Oregon Scenic Waterways and one proclaimed national monument. Andy is best known for his two decades with Oregon Wild and is an instrumental part of Oregon's conservation history.