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Our Mission:
To establish Douglas-Fir National Monument comprising federal public lands in the upper North, Middle and South Santiam watersheds in Oregon, to conserve and fully restore a naturally functioning landscape dominated by old-growth forests, as well as to protect the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities for the benefit of this and future generations.

dave portrait graphic David Stone, President
David Stone is a Conservation Photographer and a long-time advocate for the natural world. He co-founded the Waldo Wilderness Council, served six years as the Conservation Chair for the Lane County Audubon Society and has served on the boards of the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Friends of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. He taught Nature Photography in Eugene for twenty years.
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Stephen Sharnoff, Vice-President
Stephen Sharnoff is a botanical photographer and forest advocate based in Berkeley. He is co-author of Lichens of North America (Yale University Press, 2001) and author of A Field Guide to California Lichens (Yale University Press, 2014). Nearing completion is a new photographic guide to the wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada. His photographs have been used in numerous exhibitions, magazines and books; in 2012 he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Andy Kerr, Secretary
Andy Kerr began his conservation career in 1976 with what is know known as Oregon Wild. Through 2015, Kerr has been intimately involved with the establishment or expansion of many Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Special Management Areas, Oregon Scenic Waterways and two National Monuments. He has lectured at all of Oregon’s leading universities and colleges, as well as Harvard and Yale.  He is currently is the Czar of The Larch Company where he consults on environmental and conservation issues. His website is

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Glenn Van Cise, Treasurer
Glenn Van Cise was the chief financial officer for a nonprofit agency that worked with people who experience disabilities for over 30 years.  Currently he is the board president of the Central Oregon Environmental Center after a four year stint as Treasurer.  Glenn is a founding board member of Oregon Natural Desert Association.  He was the conservation chair of Central Oregon Audubon for 10 years as well as being President for 5 years.  Wilderness photography is one of his hobbies.

milo graphic Milo Mecham, Board Member
Milo Mecham was born in Eureka, California, and grew up outside of town among the redwoods, where his love of big trees was established.  After living in Iowa and Arizona while working on a PhD and a JD at the University of Arizona, Milo moved with his family to Eugene.  Milo was in private practice in Eugene and then worked at the Lane Council of Governments, where he worked on land use issues, practiced municipal law, and worked on economic, infrastructure and telecommunications development projects.

Jim Furnish was Deputy Chief of the USDA Forest Service for over two years under Chief Mike Dombeck.  As Deputy Chief, Jim was instrumental in creation of the Roadless Area Conservation and Forest Planning regulations.  Prior to that, he was Forest Supervisor of the Siuslaw National Forest, where he implemented a new style of management directed towards ecological restoration and watershed recovery.  He is the author of Towards A Natural Forest (Oregon State University Press, 2015.)
Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a professor of plant ecology, writer and  Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Her writings include Gathering Moss and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Her work focuses on restoration of plants of cultural significance and renewal of human relationships to place.
Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.D., is a philosopher, environmental advocate, and essayist, best known for award-winning books that celebrate the natural world. Among them are Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort. Her most recent book, Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change, follows the pivotal Moral Ground, testimony from the world’s moral leaders about our obligations to the future.
Peter H. Raven PhD., is President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, which he built into perhaps the foremost botanical research institution in the world. He is a leading conservationist and spokesperson for biodiversity, the recipient of the U.S.National Medal of Science (2000) as well as many other awards.  He is the lead author of Biology of Plants (W.H. Freeman & Co.), now in its eighth edition.
William Sullivan is author of eighteen books about Oregon hiking, history, adventure and mystery. He has recently published the fourth edition of "100 Hikes of the Central Oregon Cascades", which covers our proposed Douglas-Fir National Monument in detail. His Oregon Hiking website is
Tom Titus PhD, is a Research Associate at the University of Oregon, a scientist who studies salamanders, President of the Eugene Natural History Society, and the author of “Blackberries in July; A Forager’s Guide to Inner Peace” (Red Moons Press, 2012) as well as articles and poetry.
George Wuerthner is an ecologist, writer and photographer who has published 38 books, many of them dealing with  national parks. He is currently board chair of RESTORE which has advocated for creation of a Maine Woods NP which was partially realized when President Obama established the Katahdin Woods and Lakes National Monument.

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Mail: Friends of Douglas-Fir National Monument
P.O. Box 7174
Springfield, OR  97475