Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has been in the news for much of the past year for all the wrong reasons. However, much is also going right in this amazing landscape. Join us for a very special Nature Night, presented by Audubon Society of Portland and the High Desert Partnership, that will bring together representatives from a variety of interests, including conservation groups, ranchers, the Harney County Commission, and Malheur Refuge staff, who have been working to restore the refuge and surrounding landscape to health, and bridge divides that too often separate our urban and rural communities. Even at the height of the occupation, these groups were working together on a collaborative vision to light a path forward.
Peter Harkema, director of Oregon Consensus Project, will moderate a discussion about the work occurring on and around the refuge and the challenging issues being addressed. Come get an inside look at how these disparate parties have come together to work on some of the most important restoration projects on one of the most challenging landscapes in the western United States.
6 p.m.: Doors open. Light hors d’oeuvres
provided by High Desert Partnership.
7 p.m.: Presentation and Panel Discussion
Chad Karges, Malheur National Refuge Manager
Dan Nichols, Harney County Commissioner
Gary Marshall, Rancher (invited)
Esther Lev, Wetlands Conservancy
Bruce Taylor, Joint Venture
Brenda Smith, High Desert Partnership
Bob Sallinger, Audubon Society of Portland
Moderator: Peter Harkema, Oregon Consensus Project