Photo from Coffin Mountain, by Michael Burkhardt

2015 Oregon Wilderness Conference - Stand By Your Land!

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Join Oregon Wild supporters, scientists, authors, outdoor businesses, and more for the 2015 Oregon Wilderness Conference - Stand By Your Land.

For a full conference schedule visit us here.

Kicking things off Friday, May 15th is a FREE wilderness-inspired block party, "NW 13th and Wild" outside Keen Footwear headquarters. Join us for live music, games, food and ale, all in celebration of Oregon's wild places. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Free beer and wine to those with a conference pass, or a $5 Oregon Wild mug available for purchase for those who don't. 

Saturday, May 16th features a full day of wide-ranging panels, workshops and speakers discussing critical wildlands, wildlife and water issues in Oregon and beyond. Starting the day on the right foot we'll be joined by our keynote speaker, distinguished author and tireless conservation warrior, Kenneth Brower. Registration required for Saturday events which includes lunch.

Registration is $60. That includes your all-access pass to both events, workshops and speakers, a free Oregon Wild mug (and beer or wine at the block party), lunch on Saturday and a conference t-shirt.

(Special discounts for students available here!)

Register by April 30th, 2015 and you will receive a FREE Oregon Wilderness Conference T-shirt!

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Oregon Wilderness Conference Events

Friday, May 15th - Block Party NW 13th and Wild
Keen Footwear Headquarters, NW 13th and Glisan, Portland Oregon
Starts at 5:00pm
Live music, food, beer, and games
This event is FREE and open to the public

Saturday, May 16th - Oregon Wilderness Conference
University Place Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln St, Portland Oregon
From 8:00AM-6:00PM
Inspiring panel discussions, workshops and lunch
Keynote address from renowned author and conservation hero, Kenneth Brower

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Featured Panels

(Click here for the complete conference schedule!)

Public Lands Under Pressure - This panel examines the current and ongoing threats from congress, energy development projects and destructive motorized use.

The Rights (and Wrongs) of Wilderness - Exploring the legal definition of Wilderness, how it came to be, and what that means for you.

The Curious Relationship Between Wilderness and Climate Change - Wilderness will play an increasing role as we experience the effects of climate change. How does that impact Wilderness and the creatures that call these lands home? What can Wilderness do to help mitigate an altering climate?

Wilderness Rx - A look at how Wilderness heals and strengthens communities.

Oregon's (Recovering) Animal Kingdom - This panel looks at the relationship between Wilderness and key recovering speices in Oregon, including wolves, wolverines and sea otters. Learn how Wilderness provides a key role in their survival, and how their survival makes the wild wilder.

Wilderness Warriors - Stories from the field and lessons learned from the campaign trail, from Opal Creek to Mt. Hood and the Wild Rogue.

The Next Wilderness Gems - Highlighting new proposed Wilderness areas to help solve Oregon's Wilderness deficit, featuring Crater Lake, the Owyhee, Waldo Lake and the Kalmiopsis.

Featured workshops: "Wilderness Survival" and "Wilderness Communications - How to Advocate for the place you love."

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Interested sponsoring the event? Generous sponsorship packages are available which include tickets, t-shirts and more! Contact Bridget for more information.

Presented by Elizabeth G. Maughan Charitable Foundation. Special thanks to our sponsors Widmer Brothers Brewing, KEEN Footwear, Oregon Natural Desert Association, Oregon Sierra Club, Hotlips Pizza, Stash Tea, Equal Exchange, and Mountain Rose Herbs.


Top photo by Michael Burkhardt. Brown Mountain photo by Susan Kenney Newman. Bottom photo by Mark Timby