Staff bio page of Erik Fernandez, Wilderness Coordinator.
phone: 503.283.6343 ext 202
A winner of the Skidmore Award for his important work to preserve key areas of Mt. Hood as federally designated Wilderness, our Wilderness Coordinator Erik Fernandez started out with Oregon Wild doing volunteer and contract work in the late 1990s. In 2000, Erik joined the staff and became proficient in the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping crucial to Oregon Wild’s work. Erik works with congressional offices, local elected officials, conservation groups, and the forest service to provide them with detailed maps and ecological information that illustrate why and how particular regions should be preserved as Wilderness. His maps and fact sheets also are an important part of our educational outreach materials. When he’s not developing maps or talking to politicians, Erik is out in the field, leading Oregon Wild members and the public on nature hikes through the special places he seeks to protect.
Always active, Erik enjoys football, aikido, skiing, and exploring the world; his past adventures include hiking through Argentina and Chile.