September 27 | Collaboration Defeats Confrontation at Malheur

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Collaboration and The High Desert Partnership

In partnership with the City Club of Eugene, we will host the second session of a two-part forum.

In January of 2016, armed occupiers from outside Oregon took over the Malheur National Wildlife Preserve in Harney County, making national news for weeks. In the end, the collaborative processes in place in Harney County allowed the community to rally and resist the call of the occupiers for a confrontation. How did that happen? What lessons can be learned to help other communities solve problems?

Part 1, held in Eugene on September 13 12pm-1:15pm, will feature UO Professor Peter Walker, Judge Steve Grasty, Sheriff Dave Ward and Pauline Brayman, former newspaper editor and Oregonian reporter. Although this event will be in Eugene, you can watch the live stream on the City Club of Eugene’s Facebook page.

Part 2 of the Malheur program, to be held in Bend, features some of the people who founded and guided the collaborative process in Harney County long before the occupation.  It will be live streamed on the City Club of Central Oregon’s Facebook page back to the City Club of Eugene’s Friday Forum meeting.


Chad Karges

Chad Karges
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Malheur Nat’l Wildlife Refuge

Gary Marshall
Broken Circle Company
rancher and business owner

Brenda Smith
Executive Director
High Desert Partnership

Dan Nicols
McCoy Creek Ranch
rancher and business owner, former Harney County commissioner


Joel Korin, City Club of Eugene

Central Oregon Community College
Science building, Room 190
2600 NW College Way
Bend 97703
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Campus map available HERE

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$10 fee

Registration closes at noon on Tuesday, September 24.

Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.