People Who Collaborate

Meet Teresa Wicks, Harney County resident and Audubon Society of Portland employee. Teresa is the Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator for Audubon Portland thanks in part to a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Focused Investment Partnership.
Photo provided by Jeremy Hill,

We Would Do It Again In A Heartbeat!

Fair 2018 Darbie Kemper wins an airboat ride on Malheur Lake for her and her 4 boys. Recently on a beautiful 70+ degree day Darbie and her boys took that ride touring the lake with Ecological Coordinator Ben Cate. Darbie and her youngest had never before been on the lake and what fun they had! The pictures here share their adventure as they learned about Malheur Lake restoration efforts.

And The Award Goes To . . . 

Congratulations range scientist Dustin Johnson with OSU Extension with earning the Award of Excellence in Extension Education! Lucky us to have Dustin's humble expertise contributing to the work of our board and collaboratives.

Almost Like Being There

October 16-17 in Logan, UT was the site of the Restoring The West Conference. The folks who put on the conferience recorded all presentations, including High Desert Partnership's Ben Cate's presentation about Harney County collaboration. Access these presentations here.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The collaborative process used to develop the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan in 2013 was a major effort to restore the refuge’s aquatic health, enhance wildlife habitat and revitalize relationships with stakeholders and the community. If you're unfamiliar with this collaborative feat or could use a refresher, find the plan and highlights here.

November Events

Tuesday, November 6 | Harney County Restoration Collaborative Meeting
Tuesday, November 13 | High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
Thursday, November 29 | Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative Meeting


High Desert Partnership's collaboratives are not democracies. Decisions are not made by majority rule as many people may perceive. Decisions, outcomes created, are made by consensus which means getting to YES means everyone agrees to a decision. Watch how the characters from The Big Bang Theory reach consensus - it's spooky, it's like watching a High Desert Partnership collaborative meeting.
Will You Help Us Collaborate?
#givingtuesday, Nov 27, is a global giving movement dedicated to helping millions of people around the world champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. High Desert Partnership is participating in #givingtuesday to raise money so we can continue supporting collaboration to solve complex issues in Harney County. Can you help us continue our work by giving to High Desert Partnership? Please give.
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