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We’re taking this week off, but thought we’d dig into our archives and re-visit one of our most popular episodes of the show – episode 53 about the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 

This interview with the conservation director of the Audubon Society of Portland, Bob Sallinger, was conducted back in January of 2016 while the occupation was still going on.  Bob put the situation in context by providing some important historical background on the refuge, which was created back in 1908.  Bob also told the fascinating story behind the establishment of a new set of management goals that were recently created for the refuge, and how local residents were included in this decision making process in an unprecedented way.

It’s been over a year since the armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  Since this episode aired we saw the dramatic conclusion to the standoff, as well as the acquittal of those who participated in the armed occupation.  A new Frontline documentary, called American Patriot tells the story behind this armed occupation, as well as the larger movement behind the occupation.  The film premiered on PBS just this week, and is available to stream online – follow the link below to check it out.


Click here to watch the full film



Original show notes page for episode 53

Frontline documentary American Patriot

The Audubon Society of Portland

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge official website

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