Rotary Lunch Speaker Tue March 30, 2021

Everything you need to know about the Oregons River Democracy Act

The River Democracy Act would protect over 4,600 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon. The recently introduced River Democracy Act, the most meaningful Wild and Scenic Rivers effort since the act was passed in 1968. A Wild and Scenic is sort of like the national park system for rivers. It protects the free-flowing nature of rivers and safeguards them against damming and harmful development, while still leaving room for river management that is in line with river conservation.
Join us with our three guest speakers who will take us on a journey down the River Democracy Act, discussing this important legislation with potential benefit to Oregon’s many rivers and streams. The River Democracy Act still has to make its way through Congress and onto the President’s desk. But legislation like this one, and the process that led to it, move us in the right direction.
Michael LaLonde President and CEO Deschutes Brewery In 2018 Michael LaLonde, participates in the national Conservation Alliance’s spring lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. The purpose of the trip is to remind the current Administration, congressional officials and appointed committee members about the importance of the Antiquities Act of 1906 and to lobby to protect national lands and waterways throughout the United States, including several places in Oregon.  

Allison Hartz (Ruffwear) “I am a writer and storyteller, specializing in brand voice and communications strategy. With writing, I love connecting my own experiences in the outdoors to themes relating to environmental, climate, and social issues. ” Ruffwear is based in Bend, Oregon, because of its access to wild places.
Many of our employees and customers spend time kayaking, rafting, and fishing, and we consider Oregon’s rivers as part of who we are. The Deschutes River flows right through Bend, a natural icon of our town’s culture and integral to its economy.

  Allison Hartz

Erik Fernandez (Oregon Wild) According to Erik Fernandez, Oregon Wild’s Wilderness Program Manager, wilderness status is “the gold standard when it comes to protecting our public lands”—taking new roadways and resource extraction permanently off the table. A winner of the Skidmore Award for his important work to protect Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge as federally designated Wilderness, our Wilderness Program Manager Erik Fernandez started out with Oregon Wild doing volunteer and contract work in the late 1990s. In 2000, Erik joined the staff doing GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping that is crucial to Oregon Wild’s work. Erik now works with congressional offices, local elected officials, press, and conservation partners to protect Oregon’s natural treasures as Wilderness.   Erik Fernandez

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We will record the presentation for others who aren’t able to attend at noon.

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