Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

People Who Collaborate

Since early 2017 Alexa Martinez has been the wildlife biologist at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. "I made the choice to move to Harney County to obtain a permanent job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under refuge systems. I still remember when Chad [Karges, Refuge Manager at the time] called me to offer me the position. I was helping my family pick pecans in the orchard in Chamberino, NM. Once Chad offered me the job I threw my bucket of pecans in the air and was excited for the new journey I was about to take. Coming from the southwest I’ve always wanted to work in the Pacific Northwest and this was my chance and getting to work for the agency I’ve always wanted to work for was a win.” READ MORE ABOUT ALEXA AND SEE SOME OF HER BEAUTIFUL ART.

Land Water Sky Soul

Here's a great way to start the new year, watching this beautiful video about Harney County whether for the first time or again.
Through the eyes of the filmmakers and a blending of community voices sharing authentically about their commitment and passion for Harney County, the 3-minute video you find below communicates a compelling collective identity for this southeast corner of frontier Oregon and a spirited vision for its future. Watching this you'll see why people collaborate and work together for Harney County's land, water, sky and soul.  Working with the Biz Harney Opportunity Collaborative this film was produced by Destination by Design.

Seeding the Sagebrush Steppe

The sagebrush steppe in Harney County appears endless and empty to the naked eye. But for those that live, work, and recreate in the seas of purple and blue, there’s much more than what the casual observer finds. These vast landscapes are vital to Harney County residents’ everyday lives and the wildlife that call them home, yet they remain some of the most fragile ecosystems in the Western US. In recent years, wildfire has proven a grave threat to these lands. It’s a threat that looms large to this day somewhat in part due to the invasion of nonnative annual grasses. To help make the sagebrush steppe more vital, resistant to annual grasses, and resilient to wildfire, the Harney County Wildfire Collaborative is targeting strategic sites for seeding perennial grasses as part of the Southeast Oregon Wildfire Resiliency Project. READ.

Pictured: Sagebrush sea fall sunrise, photo by Brandon McMullen. 

Working Together for Harney County

Click on the image above to see HDP's annual Year In Review magazine with reflections from HDP and each HDP supported collaborative. You'll find accomplishments and gratitude from this past year and our hopes for 2023. 
 2023 Upcoming Events 
Tuesday, January 17 Harney County Forest Restoration Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, January 18 High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 24 Harney County Wildfire Collaborative Meeting
Tuesday, January 24 | Biz Harney Opportunity Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, February 15 High Desert Partnership Board Meeting

Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative and

Reviving Malheur Lake

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