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2014 Desert Conference

Supported by over 20 conservation groups throughout the west, the 2014 Desert Conference brings together, inspires and educates over 200 attendees who care about the high desert of the Great Basin and beyond. We’ll focus on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and its future promise with two days filled with compelling panel discussions & presentations, hikes and keynote speakers.

Mickey Basin by Jim Davis

Mickey Basin & Steens Mountain. Image: Jim Davis

September 19-20, 2014

Wilderness Weekend continues! This year, thanks to our incredible partners Patagonia, East Cascade Audubon Society, Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, Oregon Sierra Club, Oregon Wild, OSU-Cascades, The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts and Worthy Brewing Company -- as well as support from seventeen additional conservation groups -- ONDA is hosting the 27th Desert Conference.

The Desert Conference brings together, inspires and educates over 200 attendees who care about the high desert of the Great Basin and beyond. We’ll focus on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and its future promise with two days filled with compelling panel discussions & presentations, hikes and keynote speakers.

Registration

  • Desert Conference Registration: $60
  • Includes an all-access pass to all keynote speakers, panel sessions, activities and celebrations. Wild & Scenic Film Festival tickets must be purchased separately and have sold out.
    • To Register: Contact Corie at 541-330-2638 -or- Walk-in register from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Old Stone Church | 157 NW Franklin Ave. | Bend


    Keynote speakers

    • Roderick Nash, Author of Wilderness and the American Mind and Professor Emeritus of History and Environmental Studies | University of California, Santa Barbara
    • John Leshy, Harry D. Sunderland Distinguished Professor of Law U.C. Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco
    • Jarold Ramsey, Central Oregon award-winning essayist, playwright and poet
    • Ellen Waterston, Nature of Words Founder and award-winning author and poet

    Schedule & Locations

    Friday, September 19

    8-9 a.m.

    Check in & Oregon Desert Hikes Sign Up*

    *Please note hike spaces are limited and are first come, first served upon check-in

    Old Stone Church | 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend

    9-10 a.m.

    Welcome & Conference Kick-off

    with Keynote Speaker: Roderick Nash

    Old Stone Church

    10:15- 11: 45 a.m.

    Morning Panel Sessions


    A. Sage Grouse: Conservation and management successes, updates & what’s next

    • Stacey Davies, Roaring Springs Ranch
    • Glenn Frederick, Oregon Bureau of Land Management
    • Paul Henson, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    • Jeremey Maestas, Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • Erik Molvar, WildEarth Guardians
    • Mark Salvo, Defenders of Wildlife
    The Environmental Center | 16 NW Kansas Ave, Bend

    B. Wilderness: It's good for business

    • Ben Alexander, Headwaters Economics
    • Shelley Hall, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
    • Chris Perry, Wheeler County
    • John Sterling, Conservation Alliance
    • Ed Whitelaw, ECONorthwest & University of Oregon
    Old Stone Church | 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend

    C. Art in the High Desert: Photographers, writers & film makers share their high desert stories & secrets

    • Ben Canales, Uncage the Soul Productions
    • Emily Carr, Oregon State University
    • Jim Davis, Photographer
    • Charles Finn, High Desert Journal
    • Elizabeth Quinn, Caldera
    McMenamins Old St. Francis | Father Luke's Room | 700 NW Bond St., Bend

    11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

    Lunch Break

    1-2:30 p.m.

    Afternoon Panel Sessions

    A. Hart-Sheldon Landscape: Crossing borders for landscape-scale collaboration and connectivity

    • David Bobzien, Hart Sheldon Conservation Fund (moderator)
    • Jessica Castillo, Oregon State University
    • Ron Cole, National Wildlife Refuge Association
    • Gail Collins, Sheldon-Hart National Wildlife Refuge Complex
    • Boone Kauffman, Oregon State University
    • Jim Sedinger, University of Nevada-Reno
    The Environmental Center | 16 NW Kansas Ave, Bend

    B. Go Wild: Getting out into Desert Wilderness

    • Karl Findling, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Oregon Pack Works
    • Tim Neville, Journalist and photographer
    • Brian O’Keefe, Photographer and professional angler
    • Bonnie Olin, Author and explorer
    • John Waller, Uncage the Soul Productions
    Old Stone Church | 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend

    C. Know your history, know your desert: Historians and authors unveil the historic and cultural influences that have shaped Oregon's wild desert

    • Bob Boyd, Historian and Teacher
    • William Cannon, Archeologist
    • Kelly Cannon-Miller, Deschutes Historical Society (moderator)
    • Steve Lent, Museum Historian, Bowman Museum, Prineville
    • Marilyn Couture, Cultural Anthropologist, Burns Paiute Historian and Ethnobotanist
    • Brooks Ragen, Author,The Meek Cutoff
    McMenamins Old St. Francis | Father Luke's Room | 700 NW Bond St., Bend

    2:30-2:45 p.m.

    Break

    2:45-4:15 p.m.

    Final Panel Sessions

    A. Desert Riparian Ecology: The lifeblood of the high desert

    • David Dobkin, Greater Hart-Sheldon Conservation Fund
    • Jason Dunham, U.S. Geological Survey
    • Ryan Houston, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
    • Caroline Nash, Oregon State University
    • Carol Volk, South Fork Research
    The Environmental Center | 16 NW Kansas Ave, Bend

    B. Wilderness: Past, Present & Future

    • Nada Culver, The Wilderness Society's BLM Action Center
    • Josh Kardon, Consultant & Former Chief of Staff to Senator Ron Wyden
    • Andy Kerr, The Larch Company
    • Jerry Magee, Oregon-Washington Bureau of Land Management
    • Ken Rait, U.S. Public Lands, The Pew Charitable Trusts
    Old Stone Church | 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend

    C. Fall in love: What’s out there? To know Oregon’s desert is to love it! Learn what’s out there - including diverse plant & animal communities, stunning geologic features and mysterious petroglyphs - that make Oregon deserts truly amazing

    • Jim Anderson, Northwest Naturalist
    • Douglas Beauchamp, Arts Consultant
    • John Goodell, High Desert Museum
    • Daniele McKay, Geologist
    • Kermit Williams, Native Plant Society
    McMenamins Old St. Francis | Father Luke's Room | 700 NW Bond St., Bend

    5 p.m.

    Doors open for Friday's Evening Gathering

    Old Stone Church | 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend

    5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Evening Gathering with Keynote Speakers: Jarold Ramsey and John Leshy

    Old Stone Church


    Saturday, September 20

    9-10 a.m.

     

     

    Morning Keynote: Ellen Waterston

    (www.writingranch.com)

     

    Old Stone Church | 157 NW Franklin Ave., Bend

    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Oregon Desert Hikes

    (sign up 8-9 a.m. on Friday at Check-in)

    Meet at and depart from the Old Stone Church

    4-9 p.m.

    WilderFest Block Party

    ONDA's Parking Lot | 50 SW Bond St. Ste #4, Bend

    Accommodations

    Fairfield Inn and Suites Bend Downtown
    1626 NW Wall St. | Bend, Oregon 97701
    Reserve by phone: 541.318.1747
    Reserve online

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bend
    300 NW Franklin Avenue | Bend, Oregon 97701
    Reserve by phone: 541.317.9292
    Reserve online

    Hilton Garden Inn Bend
    425 SW Bluff Drive | Bend, Oregon 97702
    Reserve by phone: 541.617.6111
    Reserve online

      Many thanks to our incredible Desert Conference Sponsors & Supporters who make this event possible!


      Sponsors


      Humane Society Wildlife Trust Logo

       

      OSU-Cascades

       

       

      Local Brewery Sponsor


       

      Supporters

      American Whitewater
      Central Oregon Conservation Network, which includes:

      Defenders of Wildlife
      Friends and Neighbors of Deschutes Canyon Area
      Great Old Broads, Central Oregon Bitterbrush Broadband
      Hells Canyon Preservation Council
      High Desert Museum
      The Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness: The Fobbits
      U.S. Forest Service
      WildEarth Guardians
      The Writing Ranch

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      50 SW Bond Street, Suite 4,
      Bend, OR 97702
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