Updated May 27, 2015

PORTLAND — InvestigateWest and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication are excited to present a pair of special events on one of the Northwest’s most pressing public policy issues: Forests and the Economy.

Join us for a symposium on May 27 in Portland, followed by a town hall in Grants Pass on May 28. Both events are free and open to the public, though due to the limited capacity and expected demand for seats, advance tickets will be required for admission.

Portland Program


The Portland symposium will feature leading experts discussing innovative ideas and policy proposals for managing one of the state’s most cherished resources.

9:15 a.m. Doors open, and light refreshments served

9:40 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

9:45 a.m. Video Introduction — REP. PETER DEFAZIO, Congressman, 4th District of Oregon

9:50 a.m. The Missing Middle: Toward a Model of Sustainable Forestry for Oregon’s Private and Public Forestlands


Robert McClure, Executive Director, InvestigateWest


Brent Davies, Director of Forestry, Ecotrust

Peter Hayes, Co-owner, Hyla Woods and former Oregon Board of Forestry member

George McKinley, Executive Director, Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative

10:25 a.m. Forests on Fire: The Rising Costs of Action (and Inaction) Against Wildfire


Dave Miller, Host of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud


Timothy Ingalsbee, Executive Director, Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology

Cassandra Moseley, Director, Ecosystem Workforce Program, University of Oregon

Craig Letz, independent fire management consultant

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Keynote Interview – REP. KURT SCHRADER, Congressman, 5th District of Oregon

11:50 a.m. Lessons From John Day: The Pay-off and Promise of Collaborative Restoration Projects


Ben DeJarnette, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication and contributor at InvestigateWest


Susan Jane Brown, Attorney, Western Environmental Law Center

Bruce Daucsavage, President, Ochoco Lumber Company

Patrick Shannon, Director, Forest Program for Sustainable Northwest

12:25 p.m. Closing Remarks

This event will be held at The George S. Turnbull Portland Center of the University of Oregon. The event will also be live-streamed at invw.org/forests (starting at 9:45 a.m.), and videos will be available for viewing online afterward.

This event is made possible in collaboration with the School of Journalism and Communication’s Hearst Foundation Visiting Professionals Endowment Fund.

Grants Pass Program


The Grants Pass town hall will explore the dual challenges of forest restoration and economic recovery in the Rogue Valley.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held at The Wild River Pub in Grants Pass. Doors will open at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6. Light refreshments will be available.

Featured Panelists:

Marko Bey, Executive Director, Lomakatsi Restoration Project

Don Boucher, Project Manager, U.S. Forest Service

Allen Bollschweiler, Grants Pass Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management

Dr. Kerry Metlen, Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

Sean Hendrix, Merlin Base Manager, Grayback Forestry



Robert McClure, Executive Director, InvestigateWest, 206-718-0340, rmcclure@invw.org

Ben DeJarnette, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, 804-837-1024 bdejarne@uoregon.edu

About InvestigateWest

InvestigateWest is an award-winning nonprofit investigative newsroom investing in original reporting and collaborating with a network of partners to engage the public on consequential civic and policy issues facing the Pacific Northwest. InvestigateWest events are supported through contributions from our members. Major funding provided by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and Meyer Memorial Trust.

About the UO School of Journalism and Communication

The University of Oregon the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is one of the first professional journalism schools in the country and an international leader in scholarship and education in advertising, journalism, media studies and public relations. With a student enrollment of 2,200, the SOJC offers doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate degree programs that challenge students to become productive scholars, ethical communicators, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens in a global society.

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