June 23, 2020

Press Release

GHCC and Oregon Wild withdrew from the Northern Blues Forest Collaborative.

Read GHCC's letter here.

Read Oregon Wild's letter here.

GHCC continues to collaborate with federal agencies, land managers, and local, regional and national organizations, including many NBFC members, on issues and projects important for the conservation and restoration of public lands in the Blues.


Black Birding Week and Diversity in Oregon's Conservation Movement

by John Notarianni, OPB, June 6, 2020

Kaia Booker, from Portland Audubon, shared her experiences as a conservationist and birder as a Black woman in America on OPB Radio in early June. Please take the time to listen, learn and reflect on how each of us and our actions can support and encourage equity in our local, regional and national environmental organizations and movements to include Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Greater Hells Canyon Council supports justice and equality. We continue to work to listen, learn, and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our society. We at GHCC strive to learn, engage and speak out about the systems and actions of injustice within our community and the world - this includes within the environmental movement and even access to outdoor spaces. We all can be better. We all need to be better.


experience the outdoors - safely!

Counties in Eastern Oregon have been approved for Phase 2 re-opening.

You can get outside and enjoy more outdoor recreational opportunities across Oregon and our amazing Greater Hells Canyon Region. It is good to note that outdoor exercise has always been viewed as "essential" and was always permitted if social distancing rules were maintained. Parks, recreation areas, outdoor activities and campgrounds did have restrictions placed on their use. Many restrictions are now lifted. See below.

Despite the re-opening level of your county, there are general guidelines that are supported by the government as well as by the outdoor recreation community. Recreating responsibly, is always important, and more so now as we seek to keep the public, our families, and those most at-risk safe.

Recreate Responsibly guidelines:

  • Know before you go

  • Plan ahead

  • Practice physical distancing

  • Play it safe

  • Stay close to home

  • Leave No Trace

State Parks

Most state parks in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho are open for day use, with some still restricting camping. Some State Parks on the coast are allowing camping through reservations only ( Check out each state's websites for the most current information:

Oregon State Parks


Washington State Parks


Idaho State Parks

Oregon State Forests & BLM lands

Both state forests and BLM lands have been kept open for hiking and recreation throughout the pandemic. Campgrounds on BLM lands have been closed and are gradually re-opening on a case-by-case basis.

La Grande City parks

Most parks, including Morgan Lake and Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) are open to day use. Campgrounds are still closed. Continue to follow social distancing guidelines.

iNaturalist Beaver Surveys

A fun activity for kids of all ages. The added bonus is that your participation helps our regional ecologists and land managers better protect and restore important riparian habitat. Check out more information here.

iNaturalist is a great citizen science app that can inspire and connect you to science projects in the region you live and around the world. It's just one way you can help connect, protect and restore our environment. Join, grab a friend, and help our regional environment!

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La Grande, OR  97850 

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