For more than fifteen years, High Desert Partnership (HDP) has been bringing people together to address challenges that impact Harney County. What began as a handful of people rolling up their sleeves to draft a collaborative comprehensive conservation plan for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, has evolved over the years to become the practice for getting things done. In the past we’ve referred to this as cooperation or collaboration, but now we simply call it working together.
Living in rural America presents complex challenges as well as opportunities and finding common ground has never been more important. It's the bedrock for why HDP exists and what keeps us bringing folks to the table. In fact, in addition to our original collaborative, HDP now facilitates six community-based working groups, each developing strategies and actions to make progress out of concern: