Combatting Racism on Oregon's Public Lands

Images of Clara Soh and Mauricio Valadrian

Racism is a problem on public lands, and many communities do not feel safe or welcome when recreating. While efforts have been made by individual leaders and organizations to create more equitable and inclusive conditions, the work is far from over. Luckily, there are state-based solutions that seek to make a difference. Clara Soh, an Oregon Wild board member, avid rock climber, and explorer of public lands who has served on the Governor's Equity and Justice Task Force, and Mauricio Valadrian, the founder of Valadrian Creative & Consulting, (a firm specialized in equity, diversity and inclusion communications), fierce advocate for outdoor equity, board member of Hike it Baby, and vice-chair for The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee explored solutions being implemented at the state level to address injustices.