Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians. Formerly, Oregon Natural Resources Council (ONRC), Oregon Wild has been instrumental in securing permanent protection for some of Oregon’s most precious landscapes, including 1.7 million acres of Wilderness, 95,000 acres of forests in Portland’s drinking water source, the Bull Run/Little Sandy, and 2,200+ miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers.
Our successful Wilderness campaigns have resulted in permanent protections for some of Oregon’s most special natural places including Opal Creek, North Fork John Day, the Salmon-Huckleberry, Cummins Creek, Strawberry Mountain, and the Clackamas River. In 2009, we secured a major victory with the passage of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act which permanently protected 200,000+ acres of Wilderness across Oregon including areas around Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. In 2019, we secured another huge conservation victory with the passage of the Oregon Wildlands Act, which created the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness and protected 256 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers.
Oregon Wild is now in the midst of advocating for the largest expansion of river and public land protections in Oregon’s history!
We’ve also been a strong advocate for protecting threatened and endangered species that depend on our forests and waters, such as marbled murrelets, Spring Chinook salmon, wolverine, and gray wolves. Currently, we’re advocating for the recovery of native species such as sea otters and California condors.
We continue to be a relentless advocate for defending our public lands and are part of three lawsuits to defend the immense biodiversity of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from rollbacks set in motion by the Trump Administration.
Oregon Wild is fully committed to fighting against intolerance and hate while working to create a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive conservation movement.
With a staff of 14, our biggest strength is our active grassroots citizen network of 16,000+ supporters. Through years of effective advocacy for our wildlands, wildlife, and waters, Oregon Wild has been called Oregon’s most effective environmental group by both The Oregonian and the Salem Statesman Journal.
10cents per pound of Black Oil Sunflower Seed sales for the month of November 2021 will go to support Oregon Wild