Oregon—Central Oregon Bitterbrush Broadband

Geographic area

Central Oregon

Broadband Leaders:

Joanne Richter, Mary Fleischmann

Contact us:

Joanne Richter

Mary Fleischmann


Welcome to the Central Oregon Bitterbrush Broadband, formed in May of 2013. We invite you to join us in building an active and engaged organization. We guarantee many special wilderness experiences, an opportunity to make a difference in public lands protections, and a lot of laughter along the way!

HERE is a great video about our Bitterbrush Broadband.
HERE is a great article in Area 97 Magazine about Broads and Bitterbrush Broadband.

Focus areas:

  • Wild Lands Protection – We work on overuse issues in the Three Sisters Wilderness and seek additional protection for the Ochoco National Forest. We host conferences on public lands to teach awareness and the values of public lands, along with taking input on how to expand our work. We address the impacts of off highway vehicles (OHV’s) on public lands.
  • Wildlife Issues – We create habitat for monarch butterflies and pollinators, and work to increase habitat connectivity for all wildlife in Oregon.
  • Restoring Healthy Rivers in Our Watershed – We support improving riparian health and water flows in the Deschutes River and beyond.
  • Climate Change – We participate in the Central Oregon Climate Change Coalition and support education and activism for mitigating climate change effects.
  • Building relationships in rural areas – We seek to build relationships with people living in rural areas of central and eastern Oregon.


  • Broadwalks/Hikes – Fun and educational day-hikes and campouts in central Oregon extending from the crest of the Cascades to the John Day River Basin (4-6 per year).
  • Broadworks: Land stewardship service projects that focus on supporting ecosystem health including habitat restoration, native plantings and noxious weed pulls. (3-5 per year).
  • BroadChats: Informal chats on issues related to wild lands protection and advocacy (2nd Tuesday of even months).
  • BroadEducation: Presentations from experts on issues related to wild lands protection and climate change (3-5 per year).
  • BroadAdvocacy: Actions to support local, regional and national initiatives that protect wild lands and our environment. We write comments to public agencies, letters to editors and representatives, and organize public rallies to draw attention to critical issues.
  • BroadPartnerships: Partnerships with other national, state and local conservation groups in our community who advocate for and support wild lands protection and minimization of climate change impacts.

Our Broadband also participates in regional and national Broadwalks (multi-day events) organized around specific wild lands issues. Currently, Broadband leaders from the Pacific Northwest meet regularly to discuss stopping the Jordan Cove pipeline, and breaching the dams at the Lower Snake River. See https://www.greatoldbroads.org/dont-dam-salmon/  for more information.


Meet the Ragtag Coalition of Birders and Grannies Taking on Ammon Bundy

‘Armed Anarchy’ Rouses Granny Protestors in Bend, Oregon

Become a member of Great Old Broads for Wilderness and join our Broadband today!