Special Feature: Desert Conference XXVI: Education, Inspiration, and Collaboration for Deserts of the Great Basin and Beyond


Your Wilderness - August 2012

Date: September 20-22, 2012

Location: Bend, Oregon

The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is excited to announce the return of the Desert Conference this fall, sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Sierra Club. Since 1978, the Desert Conference has attracted, inspired, and educated those who care about the high desert of the Great Basin and beyond. The conference provides a forum for land managers, conservation organizations, academics, and advocates to educate and inspire one another and to collaborate on critical desert issues.

Panel topics include sage-grouse management and conservation, beaver recovery and stream restoration, public lands stewardship, and renewable energy and habitat conservation.

Desert Conference XXVI will take place where the sagebrush sea meets the mountains in idyllic Bend, OR. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will kick off the conference on the evening of Sept. 20, and panels will be held Sept. 21 and 22. This year's conference features Oregon State University's distinguished professor of philosophy, Kathleen Dean Moore, as keynote speaker; poet and novelist Ursula K. Le Guin; music by local bluegrass band Truck Stop Gravy; and panels on topics covering a variety of desert issues. Click here for more information and to register. 

Desert Conference XXVI