January Town Halls with Oregon's Senators

A little over a week ago, Oregon was on the verge of celebrating new Wilderness designations with the inclusion of the Oregon Wildlands Act in a proposed budget deal in Congress. Unfortunately, last minute objections from Congressman Greg Walden and a late-night tantrum by anti-public lands Senator Mike Lee stopped the bill just short of the finish line.

The good news is Congress committed to a vote on a public lands package again in January (once the government is back up and running again, of course). Now, we have less than a month to make new Oregon Wilderness a reality.

Over the next week, there are great opportunities to encourage Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to secure these vital protections for the Wild Rogue and Devil's Staircase at one of their town hall meetings near you! (See below for the full list.)

Efforts to protect the Wild Rogue and other rivers included in the Wildlands Act have been in the works for decades, and we need your help to support them. A broad coalition supports the Rogue River including anglers, salmon advocates, recreation enthusiasts, and businesses like NW Rafting that depend on a healthy river. Check out our quick guide to town halls and talking points sheet, and learn more about this incredible opportunity to preserve Oregon’s natural heritage.

While Senator Wyden has been leading the charge in recent months, Congressman DeFazio, Senator Merkley and others in the Oregon delegation have been fighting to protect the Wild Rogue and other spectacular places for the past decade. They need your support to finalize protections for these Oregon treasures, especially while Rep. Greg Walden is trying to block the 58,000 acres of old-growth forest and wild salmon streams of the spectacular Wild Rogue from being protected as Wilderness. 

If you attend the town hall, send us your pictures and videos of the Senator answering questions about the environment and public lands and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free Oregon Wild hat!

Want to learn more about the Oregon Wildlands Act and how you can help push it over the finish line? Attend our Portland presentation January 3!


Senator Jeff Merkley Town Halls 

Washington County Town Hall
January 2 @ 2 p.m.
Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center
9985 SW 125th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97008
Lane County Town Hall
January 3 @ 10:30 a.m.
Hamlin Middle School
326 Centennial Blvd.
Springfield, OR, 97477
Jefferson County
January 4 @ 11 a.m.
Madras Performing Arts Center
412 SE Buff St.
​Madras, OR, 97741
Clackamas County Town Hall
January 2 @ 6 p.m.
Gladstone High School
18800 Portland Ave.
Gladstone, OR, 97027
Benton County Town Hall
January 3 @ 2:30 p.m.
Philomath High School
2054 Applegate St.
Philomath, OR, 97370
Deschutes County
January 4 @ 3 p.m.
Mountain View High School
2755 NE 27th St.
Bend, OR, 97701
  Linn County Town Hall
January 3 @ 5:30 p.m.
Timber Ridge School
373 Timber Ridge St. NE
Albany, OR, 97322
Crook County Town Hall
January 4 @ 7 p.m.
Crook County High School
1100 SE Lynn Blvd.
Prineville, OR, 97754
Yamhill County Town Hall
January 4, 2019 @ 1:30 pm
Linfield College, Ice Auditorium at Melrose Hall
900 SE Baker St.
McMinnville, OR
Lincoln County Town Hall
January 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Lincoln City Cultural Center
540 NE Hwy 101
Lincoln City, OR
Clatsop County Town Hall
January 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Columbia River Maritime Museum
1792 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR
Marion County Town Hall
January 7, 2019 @ 9:30 am
Woodburn High School Auditorium
1785 N Front St
Woodburn , OR
Washington County Town Hall
January 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Sherwood Center for the Arts
22689 SW Pine St.,
Sherwood, OR
Tillamook County Town Hall
January 5, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Port of Tillamook Bay Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officer's Row Road
Tillamook, OR
Columbia County Town Hall
January 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Meriwether Place
1070 Columbia Blvd
St. Helens, OR