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Central Oregon Conservation Summit

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COCC Campus Center

Northwest College Way

Bend, OR 97703

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If you love to recreate come learn from experts how we can ensure we have great places to play for years to come.

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The Surfrider Foundation and representatives from OSU-Cascades Natural Resources Department, COCC-Outdoor Leadership, Environmental Center and Latino Outdoors are organizing the first Central Oregon Conservation Summit. The hope of this Summit is to connect everyday citizens, conservationists, recreationalists, researchers and volunteers in Central Oregon around the biggest challenges facing our region as population and climate change amplify. We hope to highlight leading researchers, scientists, activists, activities and organizations working to dwarf climate change and other environmental challenges and connect with potential concerned citizens, recreationalists and volunteers to look for ways to collaborate. We hope for this to be an avenue to catalyze involvement in conservation by connecting people to organizations and participate in a clean-up at Sparks Lake the headwaters of the Deschutes River. All funds generated from this event, through sponsorship, ticket sales and donations, will help fund the event and research on algae blooms throughout the region in an effort to mitigate this problem which is critical to water conservation. Hear from amazing experts across our region, participate in fun activities, meet local non-profits making a difference in our region, all attendees will receive a one year membership to Surfrider, conference t-shirt, Surfrider bag, morning and afternoon snack, lunch and great outdoor swag from local outdoor organizations, like HydroFlask and REI! Drinks from 10 Barrel and humm! Thanks to early support from Bend Outrigger Canoe Club, HydroFlask, REI, OSU, COCC, Patagonia Bend, Pine Mountain Sports, and Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe. If you are traveling to Central Oregonian for this conference consider signing the Bend Pledge, making a donation at Pledge for the Wild and great resources for your stay with Visit Bend.

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High Level Agenda:

9-10am Registration

10am-10:45am Opening and Keynote Balancing Recreation, Athletics and Conservation Ken Meidell (CEO Outerbike, past CEO Dakine, past COO Outdoor Research, past CIO MSR, and Surfrider Foundation BoardMember)

10:45am-11:15 Tribal Stewards

11:15-11:45 Accessibility in the Outdoors- Ashley Schahfer

11:45-12:15 Lauri Turner (US Forest Service): Conservation wildlife and wildlife passages and affects

12:15-1pm Lunch

1pm-2pm User Conflict in the Outdoors Panel:

2pm-3pm Climate Change and Fire Prevention Panel

3pm-4pm Responsible Tourism Panel

4pm-4:45pm Youth and Activism - Julia Alvarado Blue Life Hero Sustainability Campaign and Sydney Derick Bend High Environmental Club Climate Action Resolution

4:45-5pm Closing

5pm-6:30pm Closing Reception meet local conservation organizations

Sunday

8am-9am arrive at OSU parking lot

9am-930am carpool to Sparks Lake

930am-noon Sparks Lake Clean-up

noon-12:30 transport back to OSU

12:30-2pm Closing Barbecue party at OSU, food and music

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Bend, OR 97703

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