Panel Discussion: Climate Change and the Willamette Valley

Panel Discussion: Climate Change and the Willamette Valley

The UO John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape presents Climate Change and the Willamette Valley The fears. The possibilities. The necessities.

Sunday, Oct 11 2-5 pm
Shirley Papé Forum, Floor 3R
White Stag Block 70 NW Couch St.
Suggested contribution: $10

Farmland prices hitting new records, self-identified “climate refugees” fleeing the droughts in the southwest for verdant Oregon, rising water temperatures killing fish —the warming climate is already changing the Willamette Valley. Things will look very different here for farming, urban livability, and ecosystem health.

To ponder this rapidly evolving ecosystem, the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape will present four leading thinkers on the Willamette Valley and its future. What lies ahead for Oregon’s primary population center, breadbasket, garden, natural landscape, and playground? Moderated by Yeon Center director Randy Gragg, the conversation will explore the research that has been done, the successes and shortcomings of programs in place, what kinds of initiatives might be developed to shape a warmer, more populous valley to benefit its urban and rural populations, industries, and ecological health.

Pam Wiley, director of Meyer Memorial Trust’s Willamette River Initiative
David Hulse, UO Philip H. Knight Professor of Landscape, coauthor of the Willamette River Basin Planning Atlas
Mike Houck, urban naturalist, Portland Planning Commissioner, and founder of the Urban Greenspaces Institute
John Miller, Wildwood/Mahonia, a collection of companies involved in nursery, wine, planning, and development

This is part of the ongoing series, Bright Lights: Conversations on the Future of the City and Region, presented with Portland Monthly magazine.

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Cite: "Panel Discussion: Climate Change and the Willamette Valley" 18 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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