Wyden and the Wildlands Act

The Oregon Wildlands Act would expand protections for the Rogue River.

Protected Wilderness Areas on our public lands are the places Americans can go to find freedom, solitude, and wild areas where nature still rules.  Unfortunately, to get a new Wilderness we have to go through Congress. And the current regime in Washington DC seems more interested in abusing and recklessly exploiting our public lands than protecting them.

One third of Oregon's public forest lands

In my wanderings in eastern Oregon doing research for the hiking guide “Oregon’s Ancient Forests” I visited some really spectacular landscapes and wild places.

What to do About Wilderness Crowding

Oregonians love their Wilderness areas. But some of these fragile landscapes are becoing overwhelmed with visitors. How do we protect what we love?

Introducing Vik Anantha - Oregon Wild board president

Vik Anantha doing what he loves - summitting an Oregon peak.

My name is Vik Anantha and I am the new Board President of Oregon Wild. It’s an honor and privilege to serve Oregon Wild. In my day job, I am a health care IT executive, but volunteering with Oregon Wild lets me care about the health of the planet.

When I spoke at our 2015 Call of the Wild benefit celebration I asked how many of the attendees were born in Oregon.

Dozens of hands shot up as evidence that many of us have moved from somewhere else and made Oregon, our home. It could be from a neighboring state, like my wife Anne-Marie, or somewhere much further away like me.

Musings on Wilderness and wild-ness

By Marla Waters, Eugene Conservation & Outreach Intern

Protect Mount Hood and Crater Lake

Travel Oregon’s enchanting “Seven Wonders” campaign is revving up once again, serving to not only showcase our state’s natural wonders to tourists around the world, but also to remind Oregonians of the treasures we have in our own backyard.

Olallie Mountain

By Cheryl Hill

‘Wild’ journey reminds us what’s worth saving

“Wild,” a film about the emotional and physical journey of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, debuted in theaters last month. It’s an adaptation of the book by Portland author Cheryl Strayed, and in it Reese Witherspoon plays a young woman struggling with her personal baggage, both spiritual (grieving the passing of her beloved mother) and physical (the overburdened backpack she affectionately names “Monster”).

Senator Wyden, Resolve to Protect Oregon's Treasures!

Let’s make Senator Ron Wyden’s New Year’s resolution a good one: protect Oregon’s natural treasures!

Sen. Wyden has scheduled Willamette Valley town hall meetings in early January to answer questions and receive feedback from Oregonians (click here to find information on the town hall nearest you). With the most anti-environmental Congress in history waiting to be sworn in, there is no more important time to tell your Senator to stand up for Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters!

Good on Hood

Oregon’s most iconic mountain and widely used Wilderness got some great news this last month!

You may recall hearing from us earlier this year that the Forest Service was proposing to log over the Vista Ridge trailhead. Not only did this plan endanger an area that is proposed Wilderness, but Vista Ridge is arguably the most scenic alpine trail on Mount Hood – especially when the wildflowers bloom in mid-August.

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