Join us for Desert Conference XXIV!

photo by Brian S. Pasko

Oregon Chapter High Desert Committee Chair Borden Beck surveys the lava flows at Jordan Crater in the Owyhee Canyonlands of southeast Oregon.

Desert Conference XXIV
September 20-22, 2012
Bend, Oregon

After a year hiatus, we are excited to announce the return of The Desert Conference this September. The Sierra Club High Desert Committee has had a long history of participating in and sponsoring this conference, and this year we will see a new format to the event (Thurs eve thru Sat eve and you are on your own for food and lodging).

As in past years there will be a number of panel sessions focused on a wide variety of topics ranging from sage grouse and juniper management, to landscape protection campaigns and energy development, and much more. On Saturday afternoon there will be a variety of field trips to nearby wild areas such as the Badlands and the Deschutes Canyon.

This year the conference will be held in Bend and will be kicked off with the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Thursday evening. Friday will include a reading by Ursula K. Le Guin followed by keynote speaker Kathleen Dean Moore (philosophy professor and author) with music by Truck Stop Gravy to finish the evening. The whole event is a great way to network with other desert activists and learn more about desert conservation in Oregon and have some fun along the way.

The conference is being organized by the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) with sponsorship from the Sierra Club and the PEW Charitable Trusts. For more information, a draft agenda, and registration, please go to:

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