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Lincoln County Steering Committee
I am proud to be a member of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, as conservation of natural resources has been important to me all my life. I grew up on a 200-acre farm in the Missouri Ozarks and through that experience developed a love of nature and a desire to preserve it.
I earned degrees in Biology with a secondary teaching certificate from Southwest Mo State College (now University) and a Masters degree in Zoology from University of Missouri. I came to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport for a summer semester’s course work in invertebrate zoology and there met my future husband Laimons Osis. In 1970 I was hired as a Marine Education Specialist at Hatfield Center through the National Sea Grant Program with an appointment to OSU’s Fisheries and Wildlife Department. This position was ideal as it gave me the opportunity to provide workshops and training for teachers on ocean sciences with the flexibility to provide conservation ethics and teaching activities for classroom presentation. I retired from Sea Grant and OSU in 2004 as a full professor.
My special interest has always been global issues, first zero population growth and later climate change. In my opinion the key to conservation issues is people and population growth brings increased consumption of resources and more pollution. Unless we address that underlying issue we will make little progress to protect a healthy environment. Climate change now is the greatest environmental issue to face this planet. The message from climate researchers is that we are out of time to control warming through reduction of C02. This urgent message is being delivered against a background of active denial that it is human caused or is even an important issue. Herein lies the greatest challenge that humans have ever faced to preserve the planet that sustains us. OLCV has an important role to play in this issue and I hope to be a part of it.
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The solemn expression on her young face, gazing out over the vast ocean before her, speaks volumes to me. This experience must be protected and provided for all generations to come.
Karen Erickson, Chayse's grandmother