The Oregon Natural Desert Association meets biennially and this is the second time Bend has hosted the event.
Corie Harlan with the Desert Association says members want to defend, protect and restore desert lands.
"We tend to say the rocks and mountains and rocks have plenty of folks looking out for them. These are the things we think of iconically when we think of Oregon. But we have such diverse beauty in the desert landscapes and ONDA wants to be a strong voice for those lands."
Some of the panel discussions will address sage grouse management and conservation, stream restoration and renewable energy.
The conference will be holding a Wilderfest Party Saturday afternoon at their office off of Arizona and Bond.
They will have bands, food and drink from 4 to 9 P.M.