About Phillip Elden

Phillip Elden
Phillip Elden is co-founder and the current conservation director of Native Oregon. In this capacity, he oversees various people and groups associated with preserving Oregon’s natural habitats and wildlife. Elden’s responsibilities include maximizing habitats and quality of life for Oregon’s local animals, plants, and forests.

A native of Oregon, Phillip Elden started out at Eugene’s Lane Community College. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from University of Oregon.

Over the years, Phillip Elden has worked in various conservation positions for a number of organizations and businesses. His work experiences range from research studies to outdoor conservation projects. After college, he worked as a geological research assistant for his thesis professor at University of Oregon. In this position, Phillip Elden primarily focused on the High Desert region of Oregon as well as the Umpqua National Forests.

With his expansive conservation background, Phillip Elden has worked for several of Oregon’s nonprofit organizations, including A Greener Oregon. He is also dedicated to helping animal rescue organizations throughout the state.

Not a professional mountain climber, but an active member of the Mazamas, Phillip Elden relishes every opportunity he gets to take in the spectacular scenery Washington, Northern California and his home state have to offer. Phillip Elden has climbed Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood, the Three Sisters volcanoes, and Broke Top.

Phillip Elden is getting ready to climb Mt. Rainier in 2014. Eventually, Phillip Elden wants to climb all of the glacial peaks within the Cascade Range.

Today, Elden and his wife Cindi live in Cottage Grove. Both are avid tennis players and met while playing on the University of Oregon tennis team.

During his time off, Phillip Elden enjoys long walks with his beloved dog Jeff, a rescue dog he adopted after he climbed Mt. Jefferson for the first time.