About Us

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

McNeil Point hikers

Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild represents the fish and wildlife, ancient forests, and rich diversity of public lands and landscapes that make this state so special. We work to protect and restore the parts of the natural world that do not have a human voice, while not forgetting that humans are interconnected with nature and its systems.

Across five decades we have successfully fought to protect nearly two million acres of Wilderness, over 2,000 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers, countless endangered wildlife such as gray wolves, vast stretches of old-growth forests, and essential ecosystems all across the state.

We advocate for Oregon’s unique environments through a combination of education, public communications, direct lobbying, grassroots activism, and partnering with and elevating allied groups and voices. Whether in the courts or the court of public opinion, we will always be there to fight for the wild.

Our staff of 18 is spread out across the state in four regional offices that rely on the strength of an active grassroots citizen network of over 3,500 members, 25,000 e-mail activists, and dozens of active volunteers.

View an archive of Oregon Wild newsletters.

Meet the Oregon Wild staff and board.

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

You can help keep Oregon Wild by becoming a member and joining our email list!

Our Vision for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
To better fulfill Oregon Wild's mission to protect and restore Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy for future generations, we will weave enhanced diversity, equity, and inclusion into the fabric of our planning and everyday work. By evolving our internal systems and practices to build and nurture strong, authentic relationships with people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, we hope to accomplish better diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Just as Oregon’s landscapes thrive when biodiversity is protected, we will thrive by honoring and leveraging human diversity.

With staff, board, and volunteers more representative of Oregon’s population, the organization will be more relevant to a changing culture. Our appeal to broad-ranging communities will grow and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable support base, allowing us to be more nimble and successful in our programs and campaigns.



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

Photo by Eric Nomura.