Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, January 13, 2016

Contact:  Tierra Curry, Center for Biological Diversity, (928) 522-3681,
Arran Robertson, Oregon Wild, (971) 241-0103,
Bob Sallinger, Portland Audubon, (503) 380-9728,

Public to Rally in Portland, Eugene, Across Oregon in Support of
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and National Public Lands

#RefugeRally Announced for Tuesday, Jan. 19

PORTLAND, Ore.— Rallies supporting Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and public lands will be held across Oregon at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The public is invited to join this statewide event expressing appreciation for national public lands; their public-servant caretakers; and the positive collaborative efforts among refuge officials, ranchers, environmentalists and American Indians that have been taking place at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for a decade. Speakers will highlight the importance of protecting special places — like the Malheur refuge — that provide critical wildlife habitat, clean water, climate change mitigation and recreational opportunities as a benefit to all Americans.

"The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a public lands treasure that belongs to all of us" said Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. "It is outrageous that these armed militants have taken over a bird sanctuary and are menacing public officials, local residents and vital wildlife habitat.”

Events are listed below, with details and more events across the state currently being planned. Participants are encouraged to RSVP to receive up-to-date event information, as well as to follow the conversation using the tag #RefugeRally. RSVP by joining the event on Facebook at

Because of the volatile situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, public lands supporters are strongly discouraged from visiting Harney County at this time.

Unless otherwise specified, all the following events will take place at noon:

Holladay Park
NE 11th Ave.
Press Contacts:
Oregon Wild — Arran Robertson, (971) 241-0103,
Portland Audubon — Bob Sallinger, (503) 380-9728,
Center for Biological Diversity — Tierra Curry, (928) 522-3681,

Old Federal Building
211 E. 7th Ave.
Press Contacts:
Center for Biological Diversity — Jared Margolis, (802) 310-4054,

Riverfront Plaza, Brooks St.

La Grande
Pro-Public Lands Potluck, 105 Fir St., Suite #327

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 990,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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