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What have our other initiatives been doing? Open to see!
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September 2016
A picture from a fundraiser run in Harney County. Through the youth initiative we hope to strengthen and increase community involvement. 
Youth Initiative Summit Goes Off With Bang!
Community members met in August for the first ever Positive Youth Initiative Summit with great success! We had over 20 people in attendance representing various sectors of the community that support and work with youth. The purpose of the first meeting was simply to bring everyone together and have them start thinking creatively about what they would like this initiative to accomplish.
The group discussed a wide range of topics including potential projects areas to focus on, what resources are available, a potential vision for the initiative, and what other groups to invite. Everyone at the meeting had something to say and everyone had a voice. The group agreed to reconvene in late October to continue the conversation to decide on what to work on. We are excited to see this group grow, learn from each other and achieve great things!
Upcoming Events
September 7th-11th
Harney County Fair
September 13th
High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
September 27th
Harney County Restoration Collaborative Meeting
Picture of acting Refuge Deputy Manager Jeff Krueger learning how to carp rodeo from Norm Harrison and and another commerical fishing crew member.
HBWI Has Been Fishing Around
Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative (HBWI) partners have been hard at work the past few months!
  • We created a GIS map of Malheur Lake. The lake is roughly 7,000 acres (see map) and is roughly 6-8 inches deep. The red line is Highway 205 to provide a geographical reference. Thanks to Dan Craver for doing the GIS work!
  • The commercial fisherman have been going hard at it for 2 months. Their methods are improving fish yields weekly. They started catching 30 to 50 15-18 lb carp/day and now are catching 300 fish/day. There is a steep learning curve on fishing Malheur Lake when a seine is no use in 8 in. of water.
  • Ed Sparks, Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative partners biologist, and Linda Beck, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge fish biologist, collected numerous e-DNA samples from the Silvies River and Silver Creek this past June. This data will be part of a large basin-wide aquatic health inventory. Thanks to the private landowners for providing access and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for the funding!!!
  • Abernathy Fish Technology Center's Doug Peterson and Will Simpson will be conducting pilot work in September at Windmill Pond for next years carp threshold study.

We are excited about the progress being made! A huge thanks to Linda Beck for keeping us updated!

A Monitoring We Did Go!
This month Harney County Restoration Collaborative (HCRC) partners met at a site on the Marshall Divine project to take part in interactive stations about monitoring that is taking place on the southern Malheur. Each year a monitoring crew is hired to gather data during the summer months. The data is used to help inform and provide a measurement on how the restoration treatments conducted in the forest are achieving the desired results.
The crew this year, lead by Oregon State University graduate student Kat Morici, set up 8 stations with activities to help partners better understand monitoring data collection. Some of the topics discussed included learning how fuel loading data is collected and determined, how to quantify fine fuel loads on trees, and identifying what perennial grasses are on the forest. It was a great experience and the partners learned a lot. Thanks to the monitoring crew for putting this on!
Come join us for fair!! We will have a booth with information about our organization and the initiatives we support. Come find us in the Fair Building near the flower booth and we will be sure to send you away with information, a few momentos, and a treat!
Do you know any 4th graders?  The Every Kid In a Park program is a great opportunity for all 4th graders and their families! The Every Kid In a Park pass allows 4th graders, their siblings, and up to 3 adults access to lands managed by the following agencies: Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, National Park Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You can find out more about the program and sign up for a pass by going their website.
Need a quick entertaining video to perk up your day? NPR's EarthFix created this short video about what led to the creation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: bird plumage! Check out their video here
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