When Trust Is In The Room
When Trust Is In The Room

People Who Collaborate

The Harney Internship Program began in 2020, during the midst of the pandemic, and the fact that it started AND is meeting goals is thanks to Denise Rose. Denise is the Internship Coordinator for the Youth Changing the Community Collaborative's Harney Internship Program. To say Denise and this position are a great fit is an understatement. More about Denise.

Pictured: Denise Rose is the Harney Internship Coordinator, Harney County Economic Development employee and active volunteer with BizHarney Opportunity Collaborative and Youth Changing The Community Collaborative.

2020 Year In Review

As 2020 comes to a close and we reflect on the days, weeks, and months behind us, we can say without a doubt that this year has been like no other. With help from our partners we've created a 2020 Year-In-Review digital magazine of this wild year. Looking at and reading the pages you'll find reflections of where we've been, the work that moved forward despite numerous challenges, and our hopes as we look ahead to 2021, and beyond.
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2020 Year In Review

NRCS Programs Help Landowners With Flood Irrigation Projects

Flood-irrigated wet meadows are a coveted asset in the Harney Basin as they provide vital habitat to the migratory bird population that passes through the basin each spring as they make their way to their northern breeding grounds. The meadows are also vital to ranchers in the basin for growing meadow hay as cattle feed. The Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative has made preserving these wet meadows a priority. Fortunately, we are able to collaborate with an existing Natural Resource Conservation Service (NCRS) program working with wet meadow land owners. The NRCS offers cost-share programs to help agricultural producers make and maintain conservation improvements on their land. READ MORE. This link takes to you the Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative resources page. From there, click the link title NRCS Programs Help Landowners With Flood Irrigation Projects.
Photo by Susan Doverspike.

Invasive Annual Grass Workshop Recap

December 14 & 15 more than 250 gathered for the virtual Invasive Annual Grass Workshop hosted by the Harney County Wildfire Collaborative and SageCon Partnership. A lot was learned and discussed and as one of the presenters, Mark Porter (Integrated Noxious Weed Manager with OR Dept. of Agriculture) shared: "That was a gathering that brought expertise and courage to the table and generated hope for the future of our rangelands in me. One of the best workshops I have ever attended!" A helpful product that came out the workshop were graphic notes created by Carrie Frickman of Heartwood Visuals. These visual notes from each session are below for you to revisit the workshop or visit for the first time what was discussed. At the link included below you can also find the recordings from each day's session along with the agenda and bios for all presenters. INVASIVE ANNUAL GRASS WORKSHOP RESOURCES

When Trust Is In The Room

Building relationships is building trust is building culture. The latest blog from Executive Brenda Smith; when trust is in the room, great things happen. READ HERE.


Living through a pandemic has led to some great ingenuity. A great example of this is Shop Harney, a digital shopping card program that launched just a few months ago to help support Harney County businesses. 

This fledgling idea in a few short months generated close to $23,000 in card sales for our frontier Harney County businesses. This program took flight because of the energy of several BizHarney Opportunity Collaborative partners: Tory Schmidt with Sage DesignWorks, Sparks Collaborative Studio and Sparks Mercantile; Andrea Letham with Treasure Valley Community College Small Business Development Center; Brad Attig & his team with Foundry Collective; Lola Johnson with Harney County Chamber of Commerce and several sponsors including both the cities of Burns and Hines, Harney County Senior & Community Services Center, Friends of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, BizHarney Opportunity Collaborative and the Burns Times Herald.

A big thank you goes to all the businesses that took a leap and participated in this new idea and to everyone who purchased a Shop Harney card. This idea that became a reality has made such a difference for the communities of Harney County and our small businesses.

Harney Internship Program

The Harney Internship Program is designed to enrich and inspire high school-aged students in discovering local career opportunities. The program aims to cultivate a homegrown workforce, motivated and prepared to pursue fruitful careers in a range of industries right here in Harney County. Find much more about this program including how students can apply for an internship and businesses can register their business to offer an internship, HERE.
 2021 Upcoming Events 
Wednesday, January 20 | High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
Thursday, February 2 | Harney County Restoration Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, February 17 | High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
*All meetings are virtual meetings that can be accessed via ZOOM conferencing or a phone call. Contact Ben Cate at ben@highdesertpartnership.org for conferencing links and numbers. 

Harney County Wildfire Collaborative and
Megafire Prevention

Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative and Reviving Malheur Lake

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