On June 15, 2017, the Center for Environmental Law & Policy (CELP) will host its annual Celebrate Water event to commemorate another successful year of CELP’s work in Washington State and present the Ralph W. Johnson Award to John Osborn. John Osborn’s many invaluable contributions to CELP’s work and Washington’s waters have had a lasting effect on watersheds around the state. His outstanding leadership efforts in advocating for the renegotiation and modernization of the Columbia River Treaty have urged top international policymakers to include ecological considerations and remedy historic injustices against Native American Tribes.
We hope you can join us on June 15, and raise much-needed funds for CELP’s important work in Washington!
A pre-reception CLE workshop will be offered from 4-5 pm. Speaker and topic TBA.
Dr. John Osborn is a legendary environmental leader of the Pacific Northwest, whose career as an advocate for the waters and forests of our region spans more than three decades. He founded the Inland Empire Public Lands Council and established Sierra Club’s Upper Columbia River Group. He edited and published 80 issues of Transitions between 1988 and 2000 – a journal documenting the end of the timber, water and mining frontiers. He worked to stop the plundering of national forests in northern Idaho, to expand the designation of the Bunker Hill silver mining and smelting Superfund site in the Coeur d’Alene basin, and to reform the consequences of the Northern Pacific Railroad land grant. He served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including Washington Wilderness Coalition, Idaho Conservation League and, of course, CELP. In the field of medicine, he has taken care of our nation’s veterans at the VA Medical Center in Spokane since 1985, and from the mid-1980s staffed its HIV/AIDS program. He has had a particular interest in medical ethics, and co-founded the Regional Ethics Network of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (RENEW), which successfully advocated adoption and use of the POLST end-of-life form in Washington. His current efforts include co-coordinating the Ethics & Treaty Project, which seeks to infuse principles of stewardship and justice into the re-negotiation of the Columbia River Treaty. He also serves on the board of the LiveWilder Foundation, dedicated to preventing teen suicide in Idaho.