Speaking Truth to Power – Conrad Gowell

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Speaking Truth to Power – Conrad Gowell

November 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Conrad Gowell, Native Fish Society’s Fellowship Program Director


Note: New day (Monday), new time (5:00 p.m.), new location (St. Mary by the Sea, 275 S. Pacific St, in Rockaway Beach) free event at 5:00 p.m. for a “Meet and Greet” with light refreshments. Talk begins at 5:30 pm.



Conrad will discuss the sustainability of wild fish, risk factors that affect them including current forestry practices, and, finally, what we can do to ensure that wild fish survive.


He plans to delve into issues regarding unstable slopes. In addition, this presentation will incorporate a dialogue with the audience.


Conrad will also be leading a walk into the Trask River area to observe steep-slope logging that has slide risks.

Conrad Gowell leaning against tree in forest

About Conrad

In 2018 Conrad became the Native Fish Society’s Fellowship Program Director after serving as NFS’ River Steward Program Director (2016-17), North Oregon Coast Regional Coordinator (2013-2016), and Siletz River Steward since 2010.


In his current role, Conrad recruits and manages a team of skills-based volunteers and contractors (NFS Fellows). These Fellows assist River Stewards with their watershed-specific conservation campaigns and help develop the advocacy tools NFS needs to increase the impact of the work.


Conrad completed his undergraduate degree in Natural Science from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and has since worked with non-profit organizations, academic institutions, indigenous cultures, and fisheries consultants, aiming to advance the sustainable management and restoration of watersheds.


Conrad brings a policy, research and habitat restoration background with experience throughout the Northwest and Alaska. He is a lifelong advocate for wild fish; his consistent dedication has inspired community action.


One of Conrad’s Recent Projects:

Endangered Species Protections Sought for Oregon Coast Spring Chinook: Nehalem River spring Chinook are an example of fish that may benefit from these protections.



November 18, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


St. Mary’s by the Sea
275 S. Pacific Street
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136 United States


North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection