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A 'Wildlands' Winner

By Joe Keller.

Legacy of a Dead Wolf

I love my jobs. Except when I don’t. 

I am privileged to be paid a modest salary fighting for public values that are also my own. My wife and I (mostly my wife) also run a small farm and bed and breakfast in one of the most spectacular landscapes in North America.

Thanks to the wisdom of those who came before us, over one million acres of my county is publicly owned – some of it protected as the Wilderness that it is. I’ve got a pretty good life and a great back yard!

October Wolf and Wildlife Update

Happy Wolf Awareness Week! Hopefully there are opportunities in your community to celebrate the role of wolves as a keystone, iconic species. If there aren’t any coordinated events, perhaps use this week as an opportunity to spend time in nature, exploring the wild landscapes that wolves positively impact.

Friday Trash

Late Friday, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife issued additional kill orders for wolves. Oregon Wild put out an unequivocal statement, but it looks like we may have taken it too easy on Governor Brown’s agency. 
 

Celebrate Fall with Central Oregon Events

It’s time to celebrate the turning of the leaves, the crisp air, and even cheer on the first snowflakes of the year! We have a variety of events over the next month that are fun, educational, and inspiring and we hope you can get outside (and inside) with us to learn more about the wild places and wildlife that we experience regularly here in Bend. Enjoy the fleeting time we call autumn with some Oregon Wild events. Hopefully this makes those shorter days feel worthwhile! 

Bid on Adventure

Time is running out to get your tickets for Call of the Wild! In addition to local bites, brews, live music and great company, the annual silent auction provides a great opportunity to plan, or supplement, your next trip into the wild!

September in our Ancient Forests

"Chicken of the woods" popping out on a down log in the Coast Range

Some rain has fallen, a chill is in the morning air, and it’s officially fall hiking season! Thank goodness, because it’s hard to hike where there is fire… I’m hoping for a pleasant and long transition into winter so I have plenty of time to get to more ancient forest hikes before the snows lock me out. So many more places to explore before then! 

Did the Eagle Creek fire renew the Columbia Gorge?

The Eagle Creek fire burned in a mosaic pattern, and thats a good thing for the Gorge.

To Oregonians who know and love the places like Angel’s Rest and Larch Mountain, the Eagle Creek fire felt like a punch in the gut.  But, as aerial photos of the Columbia Gorge are proving, this fire – like so many others across the state – was actually beneficial.

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