FOSSIL – The Oregon Paleo Lands Institute (OPLI) is holding meetings in Wheeler County to assess public support for continuing the organization.

OPLI was created to protect, promote and educate about Oregon’s ancient and living landscapes, including the Earth’s most accessible place to view the past 50 million years of life, while supporting the rural communities of the John Day Basin.

Currently, however, it is suffering money woes and the field center in Fossil is closed.

A “revitalization team” drawn from the region has been assessing the situation to determine if the organization should continue or suspend operations.

The meetings started with a session Monday at Spray School and will continue Monday, Oct. 1, at Mitchell School; and Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Wheeler County Family Services Building in Fossil. All start at 6 p.m.

People from throughout the region can attend or send ideas and comments to the revitalization team at:, or by mail to OPLI, PO Box 104, Fossil, Oregon 97830.

For more information, contact team members John Fiedor, 541-987-2343; Jack Lorts, 541-763-3060; or Christine Smith, 541-763- 2600.

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