Community to discuss our relationship to nature

Oregonians across the political spectrum place a high value on the diverse natural resources of our state, but we are divided about how these resources should be used and talked about. What do we want from nature? What do we understand nature to be, and how do we see ourselves fitting in?

Josephine County residents are invited to join a free conversation presented by Oregon Humanities Executive Director, Adam Davis, titled “What We Want from the Wild” on Saturday, April 16 at 5 pm at the Williams branch of Josephine Community Libraries, 20695 Williams Highway.

“What We Want from the Wild” is a one-time, 90-minute community discussion that provides Oregonians with an opportunity to step back from policy decisions and consider more basic questions about our relationship to the mountain, air, trees, animals, and streams around us.

Participants will come away from this conversation with a strengthened sense of community support and collective engagement around these questions, as well as a resource list with tools and information.

Davis is the executive director of Oregon Humanities. His previous roles including directing the Center for Civic Reflection, where he helped the Aldo Leopold Foundation develop their Land Ethic Leader training, and the United States Forest Service, where he led backcountry trail crews and occasionally fought wildland fires. He has taught courses and led workshops on the human relationship to nature.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.

For more information about this free community discussion hosted by Josephine Community Libraries, please contact JCLI Williams branch manager Danielle Schreck, 541-846-7020.