Western Wilderness Conference 2010

The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club is co-hosting the  Western Wilderness Conference 2010, which will take place April 8 – 11, 2010, at the University of California, Berkeley, California. For anyone who cares about the wild lands and rivers of the West—this is one event not to miss! Please register to attend the Western Wilderness Conference 2010 to be held April 8-11, at UC Berkekey.  The web site is www.westernwilderness.org.

The first wilderness conference, back in 1947, was the inspiration of David Brower.  Many have been held since then, the last in California was the California Wilderness Conference 2000.  From that conference came the enthusiasm, friendships, dedication, knowledge and hard work that has led to the permanent protection of 1 million acres of wilderness in California.

This conference has a broader vision: to protect landscapes throughout the West necessary for climate change adaptation.

From April 8th – 11th,  2010, we’ll celebrate recent successes and discuss proven strategies to strengthen environmental campaigns. Meet with like-minded activists and discover surprising new allies. Preserving wilderness affects us all. 2010 is the year to expand your environmental network. Come see old friends, meet new ones, shares stories and plan new campaigns.  Meet the nation’s most effective advocates at the Western Wilderness Conference.

Join us at The Western Wilderness Conference from  April 8-11th 2010,  at UC Berkeley, California. Sponsored by the California Wilderness Coalition and the Sierra Club, the Western Wilderness Conference includes organizations* from all twelve western states, including Alaska.

Nearly 50 workshops, led by the nation’s most effective advocates, teach you tools and strategies to strengthen your campaign.  Whether you’re a long time activist, or new to environmental advocacy, you’ll discover both tools and inspiration.

Of particular importance is Rick Ridgeway’s presentation on FREEDOM TO ROAM
(http://freedomtoroam.org/).  Rick’s multimedia presentation about the importance of wilderness and wildlife corridors for species adapting to a changing geography and climate is truly a must see.

Rick Ridgeway is a world renowned adventurer who has been called the real-life Indiana Jones by Rolling Stone Magazine. In April 2009, he received the Philip Burton Award from the California Wilderness Coalition for his leadership in protecting California’s wild places. Rick currently serves as Patagonia’s Vice President of Environmental Initiatives and Special Media Projects.

The Western Wilderness Conference includes:

  • New allies–  The environment affects us all.  Learn how to reach out to youth groups, business owners, Hispanic communities and more.
  • Social Media– Galvanize and increase your members with Facebook, Twitter and more.
  • Insider tips– Discover the most effective ways to work with Congress.  Government officials tell how to cut through red tape.

Wilderness preservation has never been more important- or more possible.  In the last 4 years, wilderness advocates have succeeded in establishing over 2 million acres of protected wilderness.  Curious about what it takes to succeed on this scale?
Save your spot at this historic conference.  Register today.

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