Rio Grande Valley Broadband • Entered by Susan Ostlie on March 30, 2021

PIELC Weeklong Conference

March 1, 2021 – March 7, 2021

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 1
Post Admin hours 2
Activity Hours 21.5
Participants 1
Total Hours 24.5

Key Issue: Multiple apply
Activity Type: Trainings (WALTS, CAREs/GLOWs, research, conferences, workshops, etc.)
Key Partners: U of Oregon Environmental Law Dept., CBD, many other organizations

Short Description of Activity

3/1 – Center for Bio Diversity – contraception and consumption in the age of extinction – 1.5 hrs; Ground Proofing in Forests – Go See What’s There – 1 hr.
3/2 – Coexistence with Carnivores – Learning to Share Landscapes with Our Wild Neighbors – 1.5 hrs; Protection of Old Growth Forests – 1 hr.
3/3 – Human Rights at the Border – No More Deaths – 1.5 hrs; Honey Bees on Public Lands – Threats to Native Bees and Endangered Plants (Mary O’Brien – Project 1100) 2 hrs.
3/4 – Wildlife as Allies Against Climate Change – 1.5 hrs; Resilience Through Animal Protections- 1.5 hrs.
3/5 – Climate Litigation around the Globe – 1 hr; Global Health, Human Rights and Climate Change – 1 hr; Protecting Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys – 1 hr.
3/6 – Making Sense of the 2020 Oregon Fire Season – 1.5 hrs; Sophia Kianni Keynote Address – 1 hr.
3/7 – Collaboratives: You Take the Good and the Bad – 1.5 hrs; Developing Urban Forests and Farms – Eugene Springfield area – 1hr; Urban Sustainability – 2 hrs.

Reflection/Evaluation

This was a fabulous set of conference webinars with people from all over the world and all over the US. All of the sessions had an emphasis on how to advocate for public lands, wildlife and environmental justice through the lens of the ability to litigate if your concerns are disregarded. I especially like the session on 3/6 on the 2020 Oregon Fire Season because they covered many different types of forests – plantations, clearcuts, thinned and controlled burn forests and Ponderosa Pine and mixed conifer forests in different environments – dry, wet, north and south facing. It is the best breakdown of how to do Ponderosa Pine forest restoration projects to make them truly resilient in the face of catastrophic winds and downed power lines, which was the cause of most of Oregon’s 2020 wildfires. If this conference is presented next year, all the Broadbands should certainly be included in the outreach. I will include a link to the conference agenda, which has much more detail about who the presenters were.

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