Plenary Session

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PLENARY SESSION: Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Preparing for the Future

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | Monday, July 16, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

8:00 | Presentation of the Colors and National Anthems 
Oregon State Police

8:15 | Welcome 
Curt Melcher, Director Oregon Dept. Fish & Wildlife
Oregon Governor Kate Brown 

8:35 | An Oregon Perspective: Transitions 
Curt Melcher, Director Oregon Dept. Fish & Wildlife

Climate Change and Conservation

8:50 | The Critical Role of Biologists in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: What Policy Makers (and the public) Should Know
Boone J. Kauffman, Research Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University

9:15 | Climate Change/Carbon Pollution: Impact to Oregon
US Senator Jeff Merkley with Introduction by Stacy Jochimsen

Life in our Changing Oceans

9:25 | Changing Oceans and Local Leadership in the Quest for Solutions
Caren Braby, Marine Resources Program Manager, Oregon Dept. Fish and Wildlife

9:50 | Whale Conservation in a Changing Ocean
Bruce Mate, Director, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University

10:15 | BREAK

Becoming Agents of Change

10:25 | How Agencies Become Agents of Change
Mike Finley, Commission Chair, Oregon Dept. Fish & Wildlife

10:35 | Embracing the Change: Matching Diverse Challenges with a Diverse Workforce
Sarah Reif, Energy Coordinator, Oregon Dept. Fish and Wildlife

10:45 | Keeping up with Changing Communications
Tim Akimoff, Social Media Coordinator, Oregon Dept. Fish and Wildlife
Kelsy Adkisson, Communications Project Leader, Oregon Dept. Fish and Wildlife

Good Resource Decisions bring about Positive Change

11:00 | Water & Fish: The Klamath River Resource
Former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski

11:30 | Closing
Director Curt Melcher