1968: OEC is founded

Our first volunteer president Maradel Gale begins lobbying for the environment on behalf of concerned citizens across our great state.

Maradel Gale

This week in 1968, one of our founders sat in reflection on the “savvy and enthusiasm” of #Oregonians who wanted to do more to protect Oregon’s water, air and land. Out of a meeting in Bend on May 9, 1968, an idea sparked that led to several Oregonians, coming together to form Oregon Environmental Council just a few months later. “In the end, it will be the state itself which can pass strong laws…and keep Oregon as beautiful as it is now,” wrote Brock Evans to a friend after that meeting.🌲🏔 – – – As we prepare to celebrate 50 years of loving Oregon, we celebrate the eager catalysts who helped spark an environmental movement in the Pacific Northwest. #ItsYourOregon #ProtectWhatYouLove #ThrowbackThursday

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1975: OEC sues to temporarily halt logging

in the Bull Run watershed, source of Portland’s drinking water
January 1, 1975, 6:42 pm


1971: OEC is sole environmental group advocating bill

to establish a role for the state in energy facility siting. The creation of the Nuclear and Thermal Energy Council puts the state in the driver’s seat with regard to nuclear facility siting.
July 18, 1971, 6:37 pm


1969: OEC hires first full-time staff

This provided leadership on environmental issues and a consistent voice in the Oregon Legislature. Larry Williams
July 18, 1969, 6:30 pm


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