A Free Symposium Open to the Public and Hosted by the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association to be held in Portland at the Rose Quarter on Saturday, June 4, 1 – 5 p.m.

(Portland, Ore. —May 17, 2011) The wolf population is expanding across the State of Oregon, creating a stir in the environmental and ranching communities, as evidenced by increased wolf sightings and conflicts. At the upcoming wolf symposium, “Wolves in Oregon: An Epic Challenge,” industry experts from Utah, Idaho and Oregon will address wolf interactions with livestock as well as the overall social, environmental and economic impacts the presence of wolves have on Oregonians.

The symposium is free and open to the public (canned food donation suggested to benefit Farmers Ending Hunger). It will be held in the Memorial Coliseum at the Rose Quarter in the Georgia Pacific Room from 1- 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. This symposium is especially timely as Oregonians are trying to be better informed about the role wolves play in our ecosystem and within the ranching industry.

“We are looking forward to getting everyone in the same room to address the opportunities and the challenges of living with wolves,” said Bill Hoyt, president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. “We anticipate a packed room, and we will provide ample time for questions and an open discussion with the public.”

Keynote speaker, Tim Wigley, representing the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, will share his perspective from his work on natural resource management issues. He has led national campaigns including the Healthy Forest Restoration Act in 2003, which was the first pro-management forest legislation to pass Congress in more than 30 years. He has also worked on a national campaign to reform the Endangered Species Act and has extensive experience in regulatory and policy issues including mining, hazardous waste and energy development.

Charles Kay, a wildlife biologist, is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Political Science and a Senior Research Scientist with the Institute of Political Economy at Utah State University who will also be sharing his perspective. Dr. Kay has conducted ecological research for Parks Canada, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Agricultural Research Service, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. He has published articles explaining the costs of wolf recovery, and another on Wolf Recovery, Political Ecology, and Endangered Species. More recently Dr. Kay has written a series of articles on predation and wolf recovery including one titled Predation: Lies, Myths, and Scientific Fraud.

Also on the agenda is Casey Anderson, who was born in Pendleton, grew up on a ranch and is currently managing the OX Ranch in Idaho. He will address wolf interactions with livestock, depredation, compensation and cattle behavior as well as the recent Idaho/Oregon Wolf Research Study made possible with funding by the Oregon Beef Council. With more than 20 years of ranch management experience, Anderson has been recognized by the Natural Resource Conservation Service with the “Excellence of Range Management Award” and received special recognition from the Society of Range Management.

For more information on attending the Mid Year Convention or the Wolf Symposium, contact the OCA office at (503) 361-8941 or visit www.orcattle.com.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) was formed in 1913 in Baker County by 12 individuals who sought to advance the economic, political and social interests of the Oregon Cattle Industry. OCA’s mission is to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights. For more information, visit OCA’s Web site at www.orcattle.com.