US Forest Service, Deschutes National Forest
Bend Park and Recreation,
Oregon Natural Desert Association
The Old Mill District
East Cascades Chapter - Back Country Horsemen of Oregon, Back Country Horsemen of America.
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PRESENTATIONS as available by the Program
Thursday, October 24th
Discover Your Forest
Partnerships for Visitor Experience In Wilderness
How Discover Your Forest and Central Oregon volunteers are making a difference in wilderness stewardship.
The Relevance of the Recreation Economy to Small Towns
Learn how small towns are affected by recreation and the implications for stewardship.
A 5000-level Recreation Ecology Class: The Sustainable Stewardship of Wilderness Campsites and Trails
These three presentations will provide the latest research and implications for recreation ecology studies.
Justin Kooyman, PCTA
Togan Capozza, USFS
Lisa Machink, USFS
JD – NWSR Program
Katie Currier, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
An exploration of management direction from the Wilderness, National Trails System, Wild & Scenic Rivers, and other Acts and practical application for the PCT. A panel discussion of the objectives and overlaps and challenges to find constructive harmony among the land protection laws and their mandates.
Randy Rasmussen, BCHA
Jeff Parker, Northwest Youth Corp
Heart of Oregon
Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center
Steve Storck, National River Training Center
Christina Boston, Forest Service
This session provides an introduction and overview of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 (WSRA). Participants will learn about the genesis and key provisions of the WSRA that guide management of wild and scenic rivers.
Ashley D’Antonio, OSU
Troy Hall, OSU
University of Montana
This panel will provide examples where scientific research and applied studies have generated actionable data to inform on-the-ground wilderness management. The audience will be engaged in a discussion of challenges they have faced with collecting defensible data and using data in management decisions, as well as topics where partners and volunteers can be used to conduct applied research.
Deschutes National Forest
Ann Schwaller, Superior National Forest
Cascades Crest Wilderness Strategies – Visitor Management – A Case Study on visitor use permitting to address rapid rise in visitor use along the Cascade Crest wilderness areas.
Review of the timelines, public engagement and learning process to implement the recent decision for limited entry permits for 19 trailheads during the summer months.
Balancing Visitor Use and wilderness character values in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
How the Boundary Waters managers navigate the challenges of permitting use in America’s most heavily used wilderness area.
Gena Goodman-Campbell Laurie Kerr
Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Angela Noah, NW Youth Corps
Women in Stewardship: Building Participation and Creating Leaders
A panel to discuss women-led wilderness stewardship activities as a way to inspire and engage women across a wide spectrum of communities to build leadership and stewards.
Sandy Compton, Friends of Scotchman Peak
Jim Gaudry, Forest Service
Jason Fisher, Forest Service
Katie Currier, SAWS
Jennifer Tripp, PCTA
Wilderness Skill Institutes Nationwide
With many different wilderness skills institutes around the country, how do we create standardization of curriculum and create synergies amongst training cadres to provide the highest quality training for wilderness stewards? This panel will explore the variety of institutes and the training issues associated with them.
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace: From Birth to Maturity – Is it Working for You?
What have we learned? A founding member of LNT reflects on decades of LNT research and practice.
Creating Stewardship with Leave No Trace
An overview of the 7 Principles of LNT and practical tips for sharing this information with wilderness visitors.
Steve Chesterton, Forest Service
Kai Allen, BLM
David Moryc, American Rivers
Public Engagement in Wild and Scenic River Planning and Stewardship
This session will provide an overview of the various ways that organizations and members of the public can engage in planning efforts and stewardship activities that inform future management of rivers flowing through national forests and other public lands.
Thursday Night Films – Hampton Inn
Come watch one of several wilderness stewardship films
- Indian Peaks Wilderness Interns
- Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
- Stories of the Gila
- Constant Thought – How one veteran battles PSTD by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, film sponsored by REI
- 100 Hours – a Trail Runners perspective on life and his sport: endurance trail running – Mario Mendoza
Friday, October 25th
Mitch Warnick, LNT
Results of study to explore what is important to feeling unconfined while visiting wilderness. Study participants were wilderness visitors to Montana and Idaho’s Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area during the Summer of 2018.
Leave No Trace and Citizen Science
Over the last year, Leave No Trace has been hard at work developing a citizen science platform to extend our audience and ability to educate recreational visitors, but also benefit land managers and our beloved public lands all across the country. During this session, we will introduce the program and its capabilities to an audience of interested managers, volunteers, and volunteer coordinators currently protecting Wilderness areas across the country.
Julie King, Forest Service
Kaitlin de Varona, SAWS
Wilderness Character Monitoring
Learn how the Forest Service is establishing wilderness character baselines for all wilderness units and how this effort compares to other agencies. Schedules and status will be shared.
The speaker will share successful strategies for writing strong and useful wilderness character narratives and baseline assessment reports. A basic understanding of the wilderness character monitoring framework is suggested to get the most from this presentation.
Jay Horita Outdoor Asian & USFS
Rikeem Sholes, PDX Climbers of Color
Ashley Schahfer, Oregon Adaptive Sports, Oregon State Parks and City of Bend
Brenda Romero-Ramirez, USFS
Muir? Abbey? Who?
A panel-style discussion on “stewardship” outside of the classic wilderness context. What is your program taking for granted, and how can you bridge those gaps in culture and knowledge?
Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
The Triple Crown (Plus) – Completing all Three of America’s Premier National Scenic Trails and paddling the Yukon River.
Walking one of America’s long distance National Scenic Trails is quite an accomplishment, but to walk the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail and paddling across Alaska on the Yukon River, in one’s lifetime is notable. Doing it as a couple is rare. Listen as Phil recounts his adventures on National Scenic Trails and Wild Rivers the lessons they imparted to him about life, nature, and the importance of stewardship.
Shawnee National Forest
Lisa Foster, ONDA
Friends of Scotchman Peaks
Greencorps – Chicago’s Journey to Wilderness
Engaging urban populations for citizen science in distant wilderness.
ONDA's trained volunteer corps helps to monitor public lands in eastern Oregon, bringing an elevated purpose to their high desert adventures. Volunteers conduct monitoring to ensure WSA and Wilderness areas maintain their wild character, photo monitoring to assess potential effects of the Oregon Desert Trail, and other projects that bolster ONDA’s conservation objectives.
Trail Ambassadors in the Scotchman Peaks – Mountain Goat Education meets trail work
Learn how FSPW uses education opportunities to address wildlife encounters and recruit new trail stewards.
Poudre Wilderness Volunteers
This presentation will show how agency seasonal and permanent wilderness rangers and volunteers can use a six-step process to help them make professional backcountry public contacts and remain safe while working with a variety of wilderness visitors/users in remote areas.
Forest Bathing – Shinrin-Yoku and our work for wilderness
Forest bathing research quantifies and objectifies what wilderness stewards all know; it is good for us to be outdoors. Our health and wilderness health are interrelated. How can we strengthen and benefit from that connection to educate visitors and to enrich our work?
Justin Kooyman, PCTA
Beth Boyst, Forest Service
Travel Patterns and Recreation Ecology Research Along the Pacific Crest Trail
A number of user and campsite studies are being performed along the PCTA as use level dramatically increase. The panel will discuss these research efforts, initial findings, and potential management implications for future management approaches.
University of California
Katy Nelson, Forest Service
Early insights on social and experiential determinants of carrying capacity in Yosemite Wilderness
A review of general visitor use trends in the Yosemite Wilderness and efforts underway to determine a variety of carrying capacities in the area.
An Adaptive Management Approach to a Limited Use Permit System in Wilderness: A case study of Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Lessons learned and implications.
Paul Sanford, Wilderness Society
Katie Goodwin, Access Fund
On Belay: The Path from Rock Climber to Wilderness Steward
This session will provide an overview of rock climbing in Wilderness, including a brief historical review, an examination of contemporary issues in wilderness climbing, and a review of ongoing initiatives to educate climbers regarding the need for wilderness stewardship.
Lisa Ronald and Mikensi Romersa, Wilderness Institute, University of Montana
Adam Hanson, NAWPA Committee
Sandy Skrien, Forest Service
Alan Watson, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
Expand Your Passion – New Ways to Work for Wilderness
Expand your Wild Passion...New Ways to Work for Wilderness. A panel to showcase three ways to expand your wilderness participation: The World Wilderness Congress, The International Journal of Wilderness, and the North American Intergovernmental Committee on Cooperation for Wilderness and Protected Areas Conservation (NAWPA). Learn how to get involved in each.
Ben Gordon, ONDA
Oregon Natural Desert Association Stewardship Programs
Managing large stewardship groups in rural areas
Session objectives are to introduce participants to ONDA’s restoration program and explain the unique complexities that come with developing volunteer projects in rural areas. Outcomes include learning strategies for developing partnerships, expanding volunteer capacity, fundraising and planning projects in remote areas.
Ralph Swain, Forest Service
Renee Patrick, ONDA
Strategies to Encourage Responsible Recreation in Desert Landscapes
This session will discuss strategies ONDA has taken to educate hikers about responsible recreation and best practices while hiking, biking or horseback riding along the route.
Rebekah Wallace, University of Georgia
Protect Your Backcountry!
Use WildSpotter to identify, map and prevent invasive species in wilderness areas. Learn how you can use this mobile phone app to track and then treat invasive species.
International Trail Runner
Inspiration From a Trail Runner
From long distance trail running to wilderness stewardship. This thoughtful inspirational presentation will describe one man’s journey of discovery on the wilderness trail. Learn how Mario is inspired by natural places like wilderness and uses his racing fame to help young Latino’s experience the outdoors. Mario says “I was born American but growing up in the Mexican culture my passion is to be a bridge between cultures. I enjoy connecting the endurance lessons of testing myself in the wilderness, to the endurance race of life we all run.”
The Application of Recreation Ecology Knowledge and Technology to Effectively Monitor and Manage Sustainable Wilderness Camping:
Graduate Student University of Montana
Hoosier National Forest
Recreation Trends & Impacts in the Sawtooth Wilderness
A unique case study to understand how recreational use and its impacts are changing over time using over 20 years of campsite and visitor use monitoring.
Resource Damage in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness- A Balancing Act of Caring for the Land and Serving People. Using LNT and University partners to address visitor use impacts.
Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation Stewardship Programs
Engaging interns as wilderness rangers.
Willamette National Forest
Cindy Chojnacky, Wilderness Need Association
This session aims to build awareness of why and how the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests plan to implement a limited entry wilderness permit system and to explore opportunities to build a more equitable wilderness permitting model.
Paul Sanford, Wilderness Society
Katherine Hollis, The Mountaineers
Anne Morrison, Northwest Outward Bound School.
Zach Collier, Northwest Rafting.
Leading the Way – Outfitter and Guide Stewardship perspectives on Recreation in Wilderness
A panel discussion with guides, outfitters and outdoor leaders that provide multiday experiences in designated Wilderness to explore how outfitters provide 1st time wilderness experiences and eliminate barriers to participation for some groups. Learn about the challenges and rewards of outfitting today.
John Sterling, Conservation Alliance
Aaron Henderson, REI
Justin Ewer, Gifford Pinchot NF
Lisa Ronald, Wild and Scenic Rivers Coalition
Brett Swift, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Tom Uniack, Washington Wild
Steve Evans, California Wilderness Coalition
Joseph Vaile, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
Michelle Mitchell, R6 USFS
Jimmy Gaudry, R1 USFS
Bill Hodge, Bob Marshall Foundation
Nancy Taylor, R6 USFS
Jimmy Gaudry, R1 USFS
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker
Questions? Please contact Randy Welsh, Executive Director, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, at [email protected].