Wolves Return to an Altered World: Oregon’s Predator Politics and Climate Change

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us at the Bark office to hear from Kimberly and Alex, a couple of our 'volunteerns' who have been working to build Bark's resources regarding wildlife management in Mt. Hood National Forest. Working specifically on the problematic delisting process and decision by the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife last year, Kimberly and Alex's research unearths the deeply rooted cultural aversion to predators that lives on today through our wildlife management agencies.

These industrious Barkers have spent the last four months scrutinizing the Oregon Wolf Management Plan and the Biological Assessment of Grey Wolves in Oregon, attending ODFW hearings, and just generally filling Bark's world with the energy of wildlife advocacy. On Tuesday February 9th they will share their findings, theories, and recommendations for the future of these incredible animals and the ecosystems that support them.

Kimberly Fanshier is a writer and graduate student at Portland State University, where she studies literature.  She is committed to exploring contemporary ecological conflicts as historical, intersectional issues.  She writes on gender, intimate partner violence, and the American frontier, and is currently working on a book about popular country music. 

Alexander Watson is a senior biology major who has completed his University Studies in global climate change. He is currently in pursuit of a Masters of Environmental Science program in hopes of addressing climate change professionally. In his spare time you'll find him at his piano writing music, hiking, backpacking, or (if it's windy) kiteboarding. 

In the Fall of 2015 Kimberly and Alex joined Bark's team working on the Oregon Deptartment of Fish and Wildlife process of removing Grey Wolves from the Oregon State Endangered Species list. Their research and theory delve into the history of wildlife management in Oregon which works in tandem with the powerful interests of livestock producers and anti-conservationist industries. This has created a landscape that treats biological fact and ecological responsibility as secondary influences within the ODFW's decision making process. They also argue that the move to reintroduce wolves has been one of the most incredible and radical moves that activists and lawmakers have accomplished in the past few decades, and it signals our ability to completely restructure how we have organized property and power in the west.  In order to fully accept the meaningful changes this reintroduction symbolizes and provides, we need to not be tangled in the minor setbacks of waning obstructionists, but have a visionary perspective that involves dismantling current systems - like ODFW - and making new ones that are not built on historic injustice and foolish, short-sighted commitments to unsustainable industries.

When: February 9th 2016 from 6:30pm-9pm
Where: Bark's office, 351 NE 18th Ave. Portland OR 97232