Saturday, July 17, 2010

Come Celebrate the High Desert!

Join us for Desert Conference XXV on September 23-26, 2010

Do you love the high desert sagebrush lands? Have you always wanted to learn about the unique wildlife and landscapes of the Great Basin and beyond? This year Hells Canyon Preservation Council is proud to partner with Oregon Natural Desert Association, National Landscape Conservation System, The Wilderness Society, and the High Desert Committee of the Sierra Club to bring Desert Conference back, after a four year hiatus.

This conference will celebrate the desert landscapes by bringing people who care about them together to inspire and educate about the unique sagebrush lands. On this 40th anniversary year of the Wilderness Act, we will recognize what we have achieved and what we must do to further protect and restore this fragile and extraordinary desert landscape.

With a numerous issues facing the desert landscape including renewable energy development, habitat fragmentation, climate change, public lands grazing and de-watering of desert lakes and rivers. Desert Conference provides a forum for land-managers, conservation organizations, academics and advocates alike to cooperate for better environmental protections. 

Desert Conference will be held at Washington Family Ranch near Antelope, Oregon, in the heart of the John Day Basin. From here you will have the opportunity to explore and help restore nearby wilderness and proposed wilderness areas. This year’s conference will feature author Craig Childs and Peter Illyn, an Environmental Stewardship Minister, music by Craig Caruthers plus panels on topics covering a variety of desert issues.

For more information or to register, Renee Tkach at or call at 503-680-3119. Or click here to register online.

Story by Renee Tkach, Development Outreach Director

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