January 24th, 2017 Program Meeting - Steens Mountain--A Cooperative Framework for Managing a Vast and Exceptional Natural Resource
John F. Helmer will speak about the Steens Mountain area in Eastern Oregon, its origins, history, recreational highlights, and management. John is the Recreation Representative to the Steens Mountain Advisory Council, a group composed of land owners, environmentalists, ranchers, the Burns Paiute tribe, and others advising the BLM on creative approaches to managing 428,000 acres of public land in Harney County. Come hear about this unique and wild Oregon treasure, hot topics for the coming year, and how you can influence its future.
John recently retired as the founding Executive Director of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium serving libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies in seven western states. He is involved in collaborative work with the Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Friends of Buford Park, the Nature Conservancy, Seavey Loop Neighbors, and Lane County, and he is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care. John and his wife Normandy live near Mt. Pisgah in Lane County with elderly cats, a dozen chickens, and a Kiger Mustang (that's a horse, not a car!).