Join Us For a Special Nature Night in Portland, OR
We will be co-hosting special Nature Night with Portland Audubon on February 15th called Malheur, One Year Later. This event will feature partners from the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative consisting of conservationists, ranchers, Malheur refuge staff and more will take part in a moderated discussion about the work occurring on and around the refuge and the challenging issues being addressed.
This event is being held at Montgomery Park in Portland, OR and begins at 6 PM. We will be providing light hors d'oeuvres. You can sign up for express entry here. Come get an inside look at how our diverse partners have "come together to work on some of the most important restoration projects on one of the most challenging landscapes in the western United States."
High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
Positive Youth Initiative Meeting
Nature Night: Malheur, One Year Later
Harney County Restoration Collaborative
What a winter! The snow has been piling up in Harney County. This picture shows the view from outside our office after a January storm generously donated a few feet of snow.
"Megafires" Coming to Burns Last year Harney County Restoration Collaborative partners often discussed about their desire to engage more with the public. As part of this effort, Harney County Restoration Collaborative and High Desert Partnership will be hosting Era of Megafires, a film and presentation series, to Burns, OR in early April. The film and presentation explore the history and impacts of megafires and what people can do to mitigate them. Visit our website for more details.
Explaining NEPA The NEPA process is long and can be quite complex. This blog post does a good job explaining NEPA in simple terms. It also discusses an effort by the Ochoco, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests to expand forest restoration efforts. The current rate of forest restoration isn't sufficient on most forests to keep up with forest growth and adequately decrease the risk of large, destructive fires. If successful, this could become a model that other forests use to increase the rate and scale of restoration.
The Benefits of Forest Byproducts In November, an Alaska Airlines flight flew from Seattle to Washington D.C. using 20% renewable biofuel made from forest byproducts in the Pacific Northwest. Using forest byproducts is beneficial for forest restoration projects, as it helps cover the costs of thinning and removing small diameter trees. If biofuel can continue to be developed, it would help lower greenhouse gas emissions from flights significantly.
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