Fish On! Harney County's Carp Season Begins August 1
Fish On! Harney County's Carp Season Begins August 1

HDP is Hiring

We are looking for a full-time ecological coordinator who will work closely in a team environment to lead three ecological initiatives, Harney County Restoration Collaborative, Harney County Wildfire Collaborative and the Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative. Find much more about this position HERE.

Thank You OCF!

We're excited to share that Oregon Community Foundation has awarded High Desert Partnership $40,000 through their K-12 Summer Learning Fund. High Desert Partnership and the Youth Changing the Community Collaborative will put these funds toward supporting the Harney Internship Program which is helping high school students discover local career opportunities and local businesses cultivate a home grown workforce. Thank you Oregon Community Foundation.

Recreational Carp Fishing Gains Popularity

The common carp doesn’t have the best reputation in North America. In Harney County specifically, carp are considered an invasive species that populate Malheur Lake and are partially responsible for the murky state of the water. The Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative, a collaborative of High Desert Partnership, has studied the impact of carp on the lake and is looking at different ways to mitigate their impact on the water and surrounding ecosystem.
Because they are non-native, often considered to be invasive and not aesthetically beautiful with their large scales, carp are not usually sought after by anglers. However, that idea is being challenged in some circles. READ MORE.
PIctured below: California resident Amanda Ponti on a 2020 fishing vacation to Harney County with a carp she caught at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Malheur Lake & Emergent Vegetation: Radio Interview

Listen to an interview with graduate student Beth Boos about emergent vegetation research at Malheur Lake. LISTEN. (The interview begins at about 9 minutes in, on the downloadable audio file.)
Pictured below: Beth Boos at an emergent vegetation exclosure in Malheur Lake.

Rangeland Fire Protection Associations: Radio Interview

Radio interview with Burns Interagency Fire Zone Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA) Liaison Jacob Gear about Rangeland Fire Protection Associations and his role helping these "neighbors helping neighbors" assist with wildfire fighting efforts. LISTEN

Pictured below: Jacob with a crew in the Pueblo Mountains the fall of 2019 conducting some prescribed burns and other treatments.

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 
Friday, July 9| Harney County Restoration Collaborative Prescribed Fire Field Trip
Thursday, July 15Harney County Wildfire Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, July 21High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 18High Desert Partnership Board 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

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High Desert Partnership

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