Local Sponsors: 

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.

Visit Bend



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PRESENTATIONS as available by the Program

Thursday, October 24th

Erik Fernandez

Oregon Wild

Exploring Oregon’s Wilderness Landscape:  A visual journey through Oregon’s Wilderness areas and review of recent designations and future proposals.


Rika Ayotte

Discover Your Forest


Partnerships for Visitor Experience In Wilderness

How Discover Your Forest and Central Oregon volunteers are making a difference in wilderness stewardship.


Kevney Dugan


The Relevance of the Recreation Economy to Small Towns

Learn how small towns are affected by recreation and the implications for stewardship.


Stephen Hatfield

Travel Oregon

The Recreation Economy within the State of Oregon and Stewardship Messaging

Learn how Oregon is transitioning to the recreation economy and how the State is embracing stewardship messaging.






Jeff Marion

Johanna Arredondo

Fletcher Meadema

A 5000-level Recreation Ecology Class:  The Sustainable Stewardship of Wilderness Campsites and Trails

-          Influence of Trail Layout on Resource Impacts

-          Modeling Areal Measures of Campsite Impacts along the ATC

-          Perfecting Ground and Computer based Protocols for New Campsites

These three presentations will provide the latest research and implications for recreation ecology studies.


Nathan Reigner

Justin Kooyman, PCTA

Togan Capozza, USFS

Lisa Machink, USFS

Steve Chesterton,

JD – NWSR Program

Katie Currier, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards



Managing for Wilderness with Multiple Mandates

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


Laura Handy

Heart of Oregon

Partnering for Generational Stewardship of Wilderness

Role of partners in the long-term stewardship of Wilderness - The continuation of primitive skills 

Examples of creative partnerships    

 -     NW Youth Corps – Idaho Conservation Corps and BCHA

 -       Heart of Oregon Youth Corps – Black Canyon Wilderness. Horse packing expanding access for local youth 

Maintaining relevancy of wilderness in a changing social fabric

  -     Diversity and equity initiatives in Corps

  -       Tools and techniques of partnerships


Sue McDonald

Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center

Meaningful Connections and How to Prepare for a Campfire Talk

-          Develop an interpretive program to connect the hearts and minds of visitors to better steward the wilderness resource.

-          Learn how to present a campfire talk.


Steve Storck, National River Training Center

Christina Boston, Forest Service


WSR 101 – An Introduction to the Wild and Scenic River Act

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.




Jeremy Wimpey,

Virginia Tech

Ashley D’Antonio, OSU

Troy Hall, OSU

Steve Martin,

Humbolt University

Jenn Thomsen,

University of Montana

Enhancing the relevance of research for wilderness stewardship.

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.


Lisa Machnik

Jason Fisher

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.


Joanna Richter

Rynda Clark

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.


Jeff Marion

Virginia Tech




Brice Esplin

Erin Collier

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

Jonathan Dorman








Mitch Warnick, LNT

Brice Esplin

Erin Collier

Unconfined Wilderness Experience:  What is important to feeling unconfined while in Wilderness?

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.


Tips for Writing WCM Narratives and Baseline Assessments

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?


Phil Hough

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.


Kelly Pearson

Shawnee National Forest



Lisa Foster, ONDA










Britta Mireley

Phil Hough

Friends of Scotchman Peaks


Greencorps – Chicago’s Journey to Wilderness

Engaging urban populations for citizen science in distant wilderness.


ONDA’s Independent Stewards Monitor Public Lands

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.


Ralph Swain

Forest Service







Dave Cantrell

Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

WISDOM – a Six Step Process for Visitor Contacts

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

Jeremy Wimpey

Nathan Reigner

Johanna Arredondo

Fletcher Meadema

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.


Jeffrey Jenkins

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

Katherine Hollis,

The Mountaineers

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

Revealing Wilderness:  Innovations in Digital Storytelling.  Using story maps and video to share wilderness stewardship stories.


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




Brice Esplin

Erin Collier




Renee Patrick, ONDA

International Wilderness Stewardship Working with international rangers and volunteers from around the world, sharing ideas and hosting trainings.


Leave No Trace – Authority of the Resource:  Learn effective ways to communicate Leave No Trace principles that focus on clear social and ecological reasons for applying Leave No Trace practices.


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.


Mario Mendoza

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.”




Jeff Marion

Johanna Arredondo

Fletcher Meadema


The Application of Recreation Ecology Knowledge and Technology to Effectively Monitor and Manage Sustainable Wilderness Camping:

-          Modernize your Campsite Monitoring Program

-          Campsite Phone App to mitigate campsite impacts

-          Visitors Select the WORST campsites – new techniques to manage campsite locations


Chelsea Phillippe

Graduate Student University of Montana




Stacy Duke

Hoosier National Forest




Sally Ferguson


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.


Chiara Cipriano

Matt Peterson

Tammy Robinson

Willamette National Forest


Cindy Chojnacky, Wilderness Need Association

Building equity into the new USFS wilderness permitting system

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. 


The Wilderness Visitor: A Necessary Nuisance or Raison d’etre (reason for being).  How we treat users can affect how wilderness is perceived and protected.


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.


Randy Welsh

John Sterling, Conservation Alliance

Aaron Henderson, REI

Funding Your Organization – Examples of Stewardship Funding

Learn about current funding programs that your organization could use to fund wilderness stewardship (REI), or to support campaigns to secure Wilderness designations (The Conservation Alliance).


Justin Ewer, Gifford Pinchot NF

GIS Data – Practical Ways to Display Your GIS Data

Learn ways to display GIS data to better tell your story.


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

Joint Advocacy Panel-The Power of Joint Advocacy

Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Collaboration Success Stories




Oregon - Wild Rogue

Michelle Mitchell, R6 USFS

Jimmy Gaudry, R1 USFS

Bill Hodge, Bob Marshall Foundation

Nancy Taylor, R6 USFS

Jimmy Gaudry, R1 USFS

Building Wilderness Partnerships:  Region 6 and Beyond

A Lively Conversation about what it takes to nurture and develop a successful wilderness stewardship partnerships.  Examples from the Pacific Northwest and Southeast will aid the discussion.


Derick Lugo


Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: One urban city kid’s journey along the Appalachian Trail on the path to becoming Mr. Fabulous.



Questions?  Please contact Randy Welsh, Executive Director, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, at [email protected].