Workshop, tour focus on post-fire management

MT. VERNON – Three visiting researchers will speak at a workshop and field tour on post-fire management, sponsored by the Blue Mountains Forest Partners and the Northwest Fire Science Consortium. The workshop will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the Mt. Vernon Community Center, and will be followed by a field tour to the South Fork Fire area from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. The events will review the current science surrounding snags on the landscape, post-fire habitat and woodpeckers, soil impacts, and management actions to enhance forest health ...

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Restoration gets boost from FS

JOHN DAY – Restoration efforts on the Malheur National Forest are getting a vote of confidence from the top. Leslie Weldon, deputy chief of national forest systems for the Forest Service, recently approved an expansion of the Southern Blues Restoration Coalition’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) boundaries. The revision was requested last September by the Malheur Forest staff and the forest’s two collaborative groups, the Blue Mountains Forest Partners and the Harney County Restoration Collaborative. The slate of CFLR work currently ...

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Seminar shines spotlight on Malheur restoration efforts

JOHN DAY – Local foresters and land managers went into export mode last week, providing lessons in restoration and collaboration to a contingent of visitors who will take the information home to 14 foreign countries. The visitors were in Grant County May 6-8 as part of the International Seminar on Forest Landscape Restoration. The seminar began April 27 with programs and coursework in Portland, followed by a field trip to Bend and then John Day. The group leaves Portland for home this Wednesday. In Grant County, they visited the Camp Creek restoration area, the ...

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Portland panelists back collaborative approach to forest policy

Collaboration that kept the John Day sawmill open may be a model as industry, agencies and environmental groups strive for a forest policy that everyone can live with. PORTLAND – The unexpected collaboration of industry, environmentalists and government agencies that saved mill jobs in Oregon’s Grant County could be a model for restoration forest policy elsewhere, panelists said at a May 27 timber symposium. Working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Blue Mountains Forest Partners helped forge a 10-year agreement to restore 272,000 acres of the Malheur National ...

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Big Mosquito

The Big Mosquito project planning area encompasses approximately 36,000 acres in the Big and Bear Creek subwatersheds that drain into the Middle Fork John Day River, about 22 miles northeast of John Day, Oregon.

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Elk 16

Elk 16 is a landscape restoration project that addresses a variety of resource issues, current concerns, and proposed restorative actions.

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Soda Bear

The Soda Bear Project area refers to approximately 20,774 acres of Malheur National Forest land on the Blue Mountain and Emigrant Creek Ranger Districts located east of Seneca.

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