Bowen Blair JD '80

Bowen Blair


Bowen Blair JD ’80, an environmental attorney and author, was appointed by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to the National Park System Advisory Board, which advises Haaland and the director of the National Park Service. The board also has a regulatory role in recommending new National Natural Landmarks and National Historic Landmarks and provides recommendations regarding the national historic significance of proposed National Historic Trails. Blair begins his four-year term in 2023.

A Force for Nature: Nancy Russell’s Fight to Save the Columbia River Gorge

Bowen Blair JD ’80 pens a biography of Nancy Russell and her successful campaign to establish and protect the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Bowen tells the story of the unlikely activist who fought one of the most fiercely contested conservation battles of the 1980s, interweaving it with the natural and political history of the legendary landscape that inspired her. Oregon State University Press, 2022. 320 pages.