About Ignite

If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?

Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.

Appreciating Clearcuts - how tree hugging and tree lopping can go hand in hand

Nicole Strong

OSU Extension Service - Forestry and Natural Resources


A product of global economics/politics, I spent my formative years living in strife-ridden Latin American countries filled with beautiful people and amazing jungles to play in. A big chunk of my heart lives there still. What started out as a career wanting to save animals (Amazon river dolphins no less)from people quickly morphed into a curiosity of how human socio-political-emotional landscapes affect physical ones. I now help people so that they may make informed decisions about the ways in which they manage their land. Imagine Peace Corps, Bend style.

Why do you love your local tomato farmer but not your tree farmer? There is a stigma attached to logging: the trucks, clear cuts, even chainsaws. However, forestry in a place like Oregon might be the most environmentally friendly, socially just, and economically savvy activity you can get behind.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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Multimedia Partner

Hand In Hand Productions

Media Partner

The Source Weekly

Other Partners


Mug Revolution


Mt. Bachelor

Connexion Printing

Jill Rosell Photography


Thanks to these businesses for supporting Ignite Bend!

Ideasmith • Silver Moon Brewing • Hot Box Betty • Where To Eat Guide • Dahlia's Consigment • Sara Bella Upcycled • Hypnotherapy Healing • Humm Kombucha • Robbie Bianchi • Café Sintra • Bellatazza • Spa W