Effects of the Ongoing Drought
Effects of the Ongoing Drought

People Who Collaborate

Beginning in 2015 Sarah Mundy started working with the Harney County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) as a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) Planner when the CCAA program was just getting off the ground. Eventually Sarah's role shifted to being the Rangeland and Sage Grouse Program Coordinator for the CCAA program. This involves working with the participating private landowners to develop a 30-year ranch plan that reduces threats to sage grouse while protecting landowners from possible regulations in the event of an Endangered Species Act listing. “My job has grown and evolved to include many components such as: grant writing and reporting; coordinating CCAA Steering Committee meetings; conservation measure design, layout, and contracting as well as collaboration with our partners.” READ MORE.

Pictured: Sarah on her horse, Sage, on a trail outside of Sisters, OR, 

Click the arrow above for a few scenes from Harney Basin flood irrigated wet meadows thanks to photographers Brandon McMullen and Susan Doverspike.

Effects of the Onoing Drought

According to researchers, the American West is experiencing a 22-year megadrought—the driest conditions it’s seen since the 1500s. Nearly 73% of the entire U.S. West—a group of nine states—and 76% of Oregon are in severe drought. In Harney County, all but a slither is in extreme drought. READ MORE.

Pictured: A dry native hay meadow in the Harney Basin this spring. Photo by rancher Susan Doverspike.

Celebrating 15 Years!

We're often asked what HDP collaboration looks like and the first thing we'll say is it's about people, relationships and trust. From that foundation, remarkable work happens because diverse groups of individuals gather, listen, share and find common ground around some very complex issues and opportunities.

History of the Malheur National Forest

For those that call Harney County home, the Malheur National Forest is an essential part of our identity. It’s where we work, live, recreate, and so much more. As such, our relationship with the forest is storied and multifaceted. READ MORE.
Pictured: Two men stand beside a ponderosa pine tree near a forest road, examining a stand of timber. This photo is one of many in the archives in the Western History Room at the Harney County Library.
 2022 Upcoming Events 
Wednesday & Thursday, April 6 & 7 Rangeland Fire Protection Association Summit
Wednesday, April 20 High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
Thursday, April 21-April 24 Harney County Migratory Bird Festival
Wednesday, April 27 Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative Field Tour
Tuesday, May 17 Harney County Wildfire Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, May 18 High Desert Partnership Board Meeting

Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative and

Reviving Malheur Lake

Harney County Wildfire Collaborative and
Megafire Prevention

Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative and
Wild Flood Irrigation

Six Collaboratives Supported By

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