Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification


aka Oregon Wild

Portland, OR


Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon's wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for future generations.

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Sean Stevens

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5825 N Greeley Ave

Portland, OR 97217 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Oregon Wild’s long term vision is an Oregon that will always provide opportunities to find beauty, solitude, and traditional quiet recreation on public lands; where a rich legacy of protected Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers is passed down to generation after generation; where native species, from Coho salmon to gray wolves, thrive in a healthy landscape buffered from the impacts of climate change; and where Oregon families can continually renew their physical and mental wellbeing in a place where economic sustainability and conservation go hand in hand.

1. Protecting Special Places:
Oregon has a Wilderness deficit. Only 4% of the state’s land has been permanently protected with the highest designation America can bestow on public lands. Oregon contains nearly 5 million acres of unprotected forest wildlands (and millions more acres of desert wildlands). These lands meet the statutory definition of Wilderness and offer us an opportunity to correct our Wilderness imbalance. We must correct this Wilderness imbalance and protect a greater portion of our landscape for future generations.

2. Safeguarding Oregon’s Ancient Forests:
Since leading the charge to halt old-growth logging in the 1980s and 1990s, Oregon Wild has played a pivotal role in shaping forest management in Oregon and across the Pacific Northwest. In the coming years we will continue our focus on establishing permanent, legislative protections for old-growth forests while pushing forward with our recent work to engage in collaborative groups aimed at restoring mismanaged forests.

3. Helping Oregon’s Native Wildlife Thrive:
For nearly four decades, Oregon Wild has led the charge to protect the most important public lands and waters needed by wildlife for survival. As we continue the effort to permanently safeguard our state’s most important habitat, we must also expand our efforts to ensure agency management of at-risk species allows for wildlife to thrive in these areas. With wolves as a flagship species, Oregon Wild will expand our role in advocating for the state’s native wildlife as encroaching development, scarcity of quality habitat, and intolerance continue to push many species towards extinction.

4. Healthy Watersheds, Wild Rivers, and Vibrant Wetlands:
Permanently protecting new Wild & Scenic Rivers is essential, but we must also hold land management agencies accountable to current law. Through monitoring, appeals, and litigation we must stop major projects that endanger Oregon’s natural lakes, rivers, and wetlands (with a focus on threatened or endangered fish and wildlife, Wilderness qualities, and recreational values). Nowhere is our work more needed than in the Klamath Basin, where decades of water mismanagement has dramatically harmed fish, wildlife, and water quality. In the coming years, Oregon Wild will advocate for balanced water use in the Klamath Basin while seeking out opportunities to protect at-risk watersheds from mining, dams, and other development.

Oregon Wild keeps Oregon a special place to live, work, and play by harnessing citizen power to protect the public lands that we all own. We use the latest science, our deep knowledge of the Oregon landscape, and our expertise in environmental policy and law to ensure the ecological integrity of Oregon’s outdoors is maintained. Through enforcement of federal environmental safeguards and the mobilization of public opinion through media outreach and electronic advocacy we convince land and wildlife managers and our elected leaders to protect the place we call home. We strive to be as collaborative as possible and as resolute as necessary in pursuing our mission. We do it so that future generations can enjoy the Oregon we love.

With a staff of 14, including regional coordinators, Oregon Wild's strength is its active grassroots citizen network. Through the power of 3,000 members, over 11,000 e-mail activists and dozens of active volunteers, Oregon Wild works to maintain environmental laws, while building broad community support for our campaigns.

Many of our campaigns take decades to come to full fruition. Congress does not move quickly and building the requisite support to protect lands at a national level takes time. However, as we build campaigns, we track public opinion polls, media trends, numbers of actions taken to influence elected leaders, and many other indicators to ensure we are on the right track.

We have come a long way from the days when 2 square miles of old-growth forest was cut every week on public forests in Oregon. Today, we have managed to protect approximately 2 million acres of Wilderness and stemmed the tide of old-growth logging. But, our lands open to exploitation and our public lands protected for future generations are still not in balance - and continued threats to our most special places persist.

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