PIELC (Public Interest Environmental Law Conference) — March 1-3

The Cascadia Wildlands staff will be participating in four panels this year and tabling at the globally renowned Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon. We hope to see you there.


Workshop: Wolves of the Pacific West
Friday, March 1, 12-2pm, Law School Room 175
This workshop will cover the current threats to wolves and their recovery in Oregon, Washington and California. Panelists will also discuss opportunities for the public to advocate for improvements in wolf conservation in the Pacific West.

The Long and Winding Path to Protect Oregon’s Elliott State Forest
Saturday, March 2, 9-10:30am, EMU Room 146
This panel will explore the unique species and habitats of the 82,500-acre Elliott rainforest in the Oregon Coast Range, the grassroots and legal effort to stop old-growth logging, the Herculean effort to “decouple” the forest from Oregon’s Common School Fund, and the current disposition of this coastal rainforest gem.

Using GIS Mapping for Conservation
Saturday, March 2, 9-10:30am, EMU Room 231
We’ll explore several case studies of where mapping has been used to advance conservation goals. Mapping of clean drinking watersheds and a NASA mapping report will be highlighted.

Forest Defense Is Climate Defense: Grassroots Strategies for Winning Campaigns During the Climate Crisis
Saturday, March 2, 10:45-12:15pm, Law School Room 175
The largest source of carbon emissions contributing to the climate crisis in Oregon is logging. This panel brings together forest activists from across the Pacific Northwest to profile strategies and tactics used to stop logging sales that would exacerbate the climate crisis. Activists will discuss how for decades, passionate land defenders from all walks of life have used on-the-ground observations, strategic legal challenges, and a diversity of grassroots tactics to build campaigns to halt large, destructive logging proposals.