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Hells Bells, October 2018
Fall Gala: Next Week!
Detail from "The Long Flight Home" by R. Coen. 24" x 28", framed, available for auction night of.
Our  Fall Gala is just around the corner!
Who: You, our beloved members and supporters
What: A fun night of socializing and fundraising with live music, a local foods dinner, guest speaker, silent auction, and more!
Where: 1002 "L" Ave, La Grande, OR 97850
When: Saturday, October 27th. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for a social hour; dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Why: Because it is SO WONDERFUL to celebrate the Greater Hells Canyon Region with our friends. We couldn't do this work without you!
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Our Silent Auction features awesome travel packages (rafting, glamping, yurting, and more, from the mountains to the rivers to the coast, all right here in the PNW!), hand made local crafts, outdoor and sports gear, and more. It's not too early to start shopping for holiday gifts!
Introducing Christina de Villier
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest staff member, Christina! Christina is taking on our Wild Connections program, and we couldn't be more excited. 
Christina is a writer, a gardener, and a fourth-generation explorer of the Greater Hells Canyon Region. She loves connecting with other explorers, hanging out with her neighbors, and adding landmarks to her personal map of this diverse and challenging place. She lives in Lostine, OR with her husband, a cat, and several young apple trees.
Come meet Christina at our Fall Gala next Saturday! 
Conservation Giant Brock Evans on the Lostine
Thank you to everyone who has generously donated to help us in our work to save the Wild and Scenic Lostine River canyon. Brock Evans, our former Board President, current Board of Directors member, and conservation giant, has something to say on the subject:
"We are facing a real crisis in the beautiful Lostine River valley -- the most-used entrance into our magnificent Eagle Cap Wilderness, and one of the prime wildlife and wildland 'connectors' in all of NE Oregon.
Why a crisis? The Forest Service has refused to withdraw its plans to heavily log the pristine, lush forests along the popular narrow road, with its river campgrounds and trailheads into Oregon’s largest existing Wilderness Area. What they plan is staggeringly massive--4 million board feet are to be cut, equating to bumper to bumper logging trucks along the entire 11 miles of the Lostine corridor road.
It's now or never if we hope to protect and save the great ancient forests of the wild Lostine valley. The Lostine River is already a designated Wild and Scenic River, but these near-clearcuts -- complete with the usual maze of destructive logging roads -- will change that forever!
That is why we at GHCC have resolved on a campaign to speak out and to stand up for the Lostine as it now is, including diving into a long court battle. But we cannot successfully complete such a campaign without enough money to see it through! That's why we need your help -- and the assistance of all who know and love the Lostine: it's now or never for the Lostine, folks!
Let us all stand together, and do what we must -- to protect these increasingly rare deep-forested places we love.
Let us NOT be forced to say a last goodbye to our beautiful Lostine valley! We must speak now -- and speak strongly -- or forever hold our peace."

Donate to Save the Lostine
Thank you EarthShare Oregon for supporting us through your workplace giving campaigns!  Learn how to donate a portion of your wages to Oregon causes here.
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GHCC works to connect, protect, and restore an extraordinarily diverse and beautiful wild area and its native inhabitants in the Northwest.  Your support makes our work possible.  Thank you!
~ Darilyn Parry Brown, Executive Director 
Upcoming Events
  • Oct. 27: Fall Gala
  • Dec. 13: Holiday Open House
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Wyden Town Hall Schedule
Senator Ron Wyden has several town hall meetings lined up for next week. Please do consider attending--your voice matters! Even if you don't have a question prepared, it can still be illuminating to see hear the position your elected official takes on environmental issues and beyond.

Oct. 22 

Wasco County: 11 am, The Dalles High School, 220 East 10th Street, The Dalles; 
Gilliam County: 1:40 pm, Arlington High School gym, 1200 Main St., Arlington

Oct. 23 

Umatilla County: 9:20 am, Hermiston High School auditorium, 600 S. First St. Hermiston;
Union County: 1:30 pm, La Grande High School auditorium, 708 K Ave, La Grande. (Entrance is on Second Street between H & K Aves.  Please consider on-street parking and do not park in student or staff spaces.)

Oct. 24 

Baker County: 9 am, Baker High School auditorium, 2500 E. St., Baker City 

Sponsor of the Month:
Thank you to Yellowstone to Yukon for supporting our Wild Connections work!
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