A note to readers: This essay was initially published by Chad here. We republished it on our blog with Chad's permission. Join us on Wednesday, June 17 at 6pm PST for a discussion titled: "Systemic Racism in Outdoor and Urban Spaces. How Do We Move Forward?". Chad will be joined by 3 other panelists.
On April 15th, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) released their annual wolf report. As usual the agency put a positive spin on their program, but unlike recent years, the news was legitimately generally positive. In 2019, the state did not kill wolves, the wolf population grew, and conflict with livestock decreased. Those are outcomes we've been fighting for for years.
We know you’re itching to go outside and hit the trail, pitch a tent, or launch a kayak after a spring of staying home and staying safe. As places reopen and it becomes safer to do so, there are a lot of new considerations and best practices we want to encourage everyone to think about before you make the decision to get outside to enjoy our public lands.