About Phillip Elden

Phillip EldenPhillip Elden co-founded Native Oregon and presently serves as its Conservation Director overseeing a team of professionals committed to protecting Oregon-based indigenous forests and wildlife.

Phillip Elden obtained his B.A. in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon, where his favorite subject was environmental geosciences. Upon graduation, Phillip Elden secured a position as a research assistant for his thesis professor at the university. During this time, he focused primarily on the Umpqua National Forests and the High Desert region of Oregon.

His work experiences range from research studies to land and wildlife management. Phillip Elden remains involved in outdoor conservation projects and shows special interest in historical Crater Lake. Throughout it all, his deep knowledge of reforestation and logging has led to a recent blocking for local logging.

A native of Oregon, Phillip Elden grew up in the charming city of McMinnville. His deep love of nature inspired him to become an active member of the Mazamas, a mountain climbing club offering yearly climbs. Through the Mazamas, Phillip Elden has climbed numerous mountains and volcanoes in the Northern Cascades.

After graduation, Phillip Elden moved to nearby Cottage Grove where he still resides today with his wife, Cindi. The couple met on the intramural tennis team at the University of Oregon.  Phillip and Cindi still take pleasure in their weekly tennis games.

Phillip Elden often plans trips along the Western states for climbing vacations, where he takes pleasure viewing the stunning landscape. For Phillip Elden, 2014 will be a challenging year since his goal is to scale the heights of Mt. Rainier, with an elevation of more than 14,000 feet.

On his day off, Phillip Elden likes taking leisurely walks with his rescue Weimaraner, Jeff. His love for animals also inspires him to support several animal rescue organizations in the community and throughout the state.