In The Beginning . . .

We are fortunate to have rancher Gary Miller as a Harney County Wildfire Collaborative partner. Gary is one the leading principles who built the Frenchglen Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA) and while doing so, created a model for all Oregon RFPA's. Read Gary's story. 

Restoring The West

Ben Cate, High Desert Partnership's Ecological Coordinator will be speaking at the 2018 Restoring The West Conference, October 16 in Logan, Utah.
Ben will speak about using collaboration as a way to ensure multiple use and sustained yield of resources on Harney County public lands. Ben will hold up the High Desert Partnership and our ecological initiatives as examples.
Included in the discussion will be how we invite all interested stakeholders to our collaboratives and how Harney County has a history of using collaboration as a way to bring local input into public land management decisions.

Fire Watch

AlertWildfire is crowdsourding fire watch and we can all get in on the action. Visit our new From The Fireline web page to take in the view from the Blue Mountain and Steens Mountain cameras. The first cameras in Oregon in the AlertWildfire network. Learn more about this new fire detection technology at

8000 Carp

About 8,000 carp or about 120,000 pounds of carp flesh were pulled out of the Blitzen during the annual electrofishing roundup with U.S. Forest Service-Malheur National Forest and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge staff in late August and mid September. The Forest Service has been working with the Refuge for up to 15 years now doing this project every year to help manage the carp population in various locations in the Harney Basin. These efforts on the Blitzen are pretty new with 2016 being the first year and the conditions were great; low water levels and great weather.
While the best case scenario is for all these carp to be processed into fertilizer, that wasn't an option this year so they were disposed of in a dedicated pit.

Fair Memories

Gosh, it almost seems like a lifetime ago but we sure had fun at the fair. Thanks for sharing your kids with us for Baker Technical Institute's STEAM sessions. Dirt babies were made, the heavy equipment simulator was put to good use and we learned a bit about what it takes to be a drone pilot.
We also got to see kids test their luck with the carp toss and Darbie Kemper won a biologist guided airboat ride on Malheur Lake for her and 3 friends. We look forward to sharing pictures from Darbie's adventure; in the meantime here are a few pictures from this year's fair fun.

Collaborating in September

September was a busy collaboration month with the Harney County Restoration Collaborative, Harney County Wildfire Collaborative, the Refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Planning group and the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative Collaborative all gathering for full day meetings. Watch for an update with what came from these meetings in the November newsletter.

October Events

Tuesday, October 2 | Harney County Restoration Collaborative Meeting
Tuesday, October 9 | High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 16Restoring The West Conference, Logan UT


High Desert Partnership and the collaboratives it supports wouldn't be possible without the numerous volunteers that give their time to collaborative work. The folks of Harney County are known for their "full contact citizenship" and for our Harney County volunteers and the many of you who come from near and far to make a positive difference in Harney County, we thank you.
You can be the difference!
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