Mid Valley Environmental Lecture Series


The Mid-Willamette Environmental Lecture Series features noted scientists, naturalists, and environmental advocates speaking on environmental topics critical to Oregon and the West.   Lectures are held at the Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE, 97301, at  7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted).  A $5.00 donation is greatly appreciated. (Watch past lectures by clicking on the links below!)

2016 Lecture Series

Salem Film Premiere: An American Ascent   AnAmericanAscent(500KB150dpi)

Occurred: July 27, 2016
An American Ascent is a feature documentary about the first African American expedition to tackle North America’s highest peak, Denali. In only a few decades the United States will become a majority-minority nation and people of color will outnumber the white majority for the first time ever. Yet a staggering number of these people do not consider the outdoors as a place for them. In June 2013, nine African Americans set out to build a legacy and become role models for inner city kids and people of color all over America to encourage them to get outside. They did so by taking on the grueling, 20,237-foot peak of the continent’s biggest mountain. The screening will take place in Hudson Hall on the Willamette University campus. Director Andy Adkins, photographer Hudson Henry and climber Scott Briscoe will be in attendance. Suggested donation is $5/person.


TOWARD A NATURAL FOREST |  Occurred September 8, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Siuslaw National Forest managers had been ‘getting out the timber cut’ for decades, ringing up substantial receipts for the Forest Service and racking up sizeable environmental deficits. Furnish navigated a way through the wreckage of the spotted owl crisis to sustainable timber harvest practices, closed down logging roads, restored battered riparian habitat and once-fertile estuaries, and protected endangered species, building a management framework whose principal goal was the regeneration of the natural forest.

Coming Up Next!

January 17, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Loucks Auditorium | Salem Public Library | 585 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR 97301

When people talk about the factors that make great wine, they often think of location, elevation, weather patterns, drainage and certainly the soil. Dirt matters – just ask Dr. Scott Burns, professor of Geology at Portland State University. Scott knows why Oregon produces great wine: it has to do with the soil in the Willamette Valley and the forces that created it.



ELS smokejumpersSMOKEJUMPER: BATTLING WILDFIRES | May or June, 2017 (Date TBD) @ 7:00pm
Loucks Auditorium | Salem Public Library | 585 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR 97301

An aerially-delivered firefighter since 1993, Jason Ramos has been fighting fires for nearly 26 years, from structural to wildland firefighting. Based in the North Cascades of Washington State, Ramos has fought fires from Alaska to Florida and nearly everywhere between. Learn about modern wildfire management from a field expert.

Watch (or re-Watch) the Lectures here!