Summer in the Harney Basin
Summer in the Harney Basin

Fire Update

A new lighting caused fire surfaced last week, the Black Butte Fire (about 10,000 acres as of the morning of Aug 9) in the southern Malheur Forest to add to the long list of fires around the west. There are lots of online resources for tracking fires and fire conditions. Here's just a few among many: 
Inciweb for any fire around the U.S. and for the Southern Malheur Forest the U.S. Forest Service Facebook and Twitter feeds are keeping up to date information. 
The Burns Interagency Fire Zone is constantly posting helpful fire and smoke info and resources as well. Find them on Facebook and Instagram at @burnsinteragencyfirezone.
Image source: Inciweb

Summer in the Harney Basin

Summer in the Harney Basin can be an enjoyable time as folks get outside to recreate and enjoy the warmer weather. However, the summertime is also a busy one for ranchers and farmers who are moving cows, raising crops and cutting hay in preparation for the colder months. Wildlife rear young, birds nest and fish are simply trying to beat the heat to survive the warmer temperatures. READ MORE.
Pictured: Idaho Fescue growing in the Harney Basin.

Radio Interview: What is happening on the landscape?

Listen to an interview with High Desert Partnership Monitoring Coordinator Kaylee Littlefield about the work her and her crew of four high school and college students are doing this summer. LISTEN. (The interview begins at about 2 minutes in, on the downloadable audio file.)
Pictured below: Range Scientist Dustin Johnson and Kaylee's summer crew of Camille Torres, Carter Lardy, Danika Piotrowski and Tea recanzone along with Garrett Johnson. Dustin is training the crew on the protocols for mapping and monitoring at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for a Reed Canarygrass project.

Partnership Fosters Restoration Using Native Seeds to Mitigate Wildfire Risk

One of the reasons some wildfires turn into megafires in the Great Basin is because invasive annual grasses essentially create a carpet of fuel. One way to thwart such wildfires is to replace those invasive annual grasses with native plants that green up in the spring and stay green. EcoSource is a non-profit that collects, cleans, produces, and stores genetically appropriate native plant seeds. READ MORE.
Pictured below: An Indian ricegrass seed viewed through a microscope.

Project IBiS Continues

Project IBiS is helping provide information on bird communities that utilize flood-irrigated ranch lands in Harney County as well as provide information on how new infrastructure at some properties is influencing bird use of these areas. Check out this website to learn how being outside counting birds can make a difference and where you can help.
 2021 Upcoming Events 
Wednesday, August 18High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
Monday, August 23Harney County Forest Restoration Collaborative Field Trip
Thursday, September 16Harney County Wildfire Collaborative Meeting
Thursday - Sunday, September 8 - 12Harney County Fair and Rodeo

Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative and
Wild Flood Irrigation

Harney County Wildfire Collaborative and
Megafire Prevention

Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative and

Reviving Malheur Lake

Six Collaboratives Supported By

High Desert Partnership

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