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About Oregon Wild

The mission and work of Oregon Wild.

Our Mission:
Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians.

BigBottom.BobHolmstrom.jpgFounded in 1974, Oregon Wild (formerly the Oregon Natural Resources Council or ONRC) has been instrumental in securing permanent legislative protection for some of Oregon's most precious landscapes, including nearly 1.7 million acres of Wilderness, 95,000 acres of forests in Bull Run/Little Sandy watersheds (to safeguard the quality of Portland's water supply) and almost 1,800 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers.

As a leader in the national grassroots campaign for conservation of roadless areas in our national forests, Oregon Wild helped secure administrative protections for more than 58 million acres of spectacular roadless areas across the country.

TwinLakes.JohnLashenske.jpgOur wilderness, old-growth forest and clean rivers/watersheds programs protect pristine drinking water, unparalleled recreation opportunities and fish and wildlife habitat across Oregon. 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.

Click here to view an archive of Oregon Wild's newsletters.

Meet the Oregon Wild staff and board.

Remember when we were ONRC? Learn about the name change here.

Oregon Wild is an educational, scientific and charitable organization dependent upon private donations and citizen support.  Memberships and contributions are tax-deductible.

Photos courtesy of Bob Holmstrom (above) and John Lashen (below).

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"Without enough wilderness America will change. Democracy, with its myriad personalities and increasing sophistication, must be fibred and vitalized by the regular contact with outdoor growths -- animals, trees, sun warmth, and free skies -- or it will dwindle and pale."

        -Walt Whitman

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