Rally for Water & Wildlife with Oregon Wild!

 On Wednesday, April 19th, Oregonians from across the state will arrive at the Capitol to tell their legislators to take a stand for Oregon’s water & wildlife. The rally will feature speeches from Representatives David Gomberg and Pam Marsh, as well as forest, water, and wildlife advocates and conservation groups from around the state! 

This rally, co-organized by Oregon Wild and 17 partner community and conservation groups, brings Oregonians from all over the state to tell their elected officials in Salem they want strong environmental leadership. Oregonians are insisting we need strong state laws to protect our forests and streams, save our native pollinators, and recover the other wildlife like salmon and wolves that make Oregon great. 

We are so excited about the enormous coalition of Oregonians that has come together to host the Rally for Water & Wildlife. 

The Rockaway Beach Citizens group doing outreach at Oswald West State ParkFor example, the Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection are rallying their supporters to protect streams for fish and drinking water! Oregon’s weak logging laws have lead to nearly 90% of their watershed being clearcut & aerial sprayed in the last 15 years, and Oregon Wild joins them in calls to reform the Oregon Forest Practices Act! From almost the other end of Oregon’s coast, co-hosts Coast Range Forest Watch are calling for a protected and public Elliott State Forest, streams originating from this forest provide drinking water to local communities, and over 20% of Oregon’s annual Coho Salmon, while providing important recreation and hunting opportunities for the local population of Coos and Douglas Counties. 

Click here for a list of carpools and more info about the rally!

At the Rally, we’re hearing from concerned Oregonians like Kate Taylor, who owns a fishing guide business in Tillamook County. Kate is concerned about the health of our streams and salmon. Also speaking: Douglas County forest and water advocate Francis Eatherington! Then we will hear what’s going on statewide with Wildlife protections from Defenders of Wildlife’s Quinn Read, and finally, we will hear from Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics about why they’re championing a bill in the legislature to save Native Pollinators from dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides, and bills to help Oregonians protect themselves from herbicides the logging industry sprays out of helicopters! 

Can’t make it to the Rally for Water & Wildlife? Rally with us online! 

Below, you will find ways that you can support the rally from your computer or cell phone. Send an email, make a phone call, retweet or share a post, there are many ways you can pitch in! 

Other Co-hosts will have information to share, and deserve your support, find them here:

Forest Web of Cottage Grove, Citizens of Rockaway Beach for Watershed ProtectionDefenders of Wildlife , Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, Pacific Rivers, Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Coast Range Forest Watch, Rogue RiverkeeperKS Wild (Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center), Willamette Valley Broadband, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, 350 EUG, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Chapter, Sierra Club