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The High Desert Partnership is the background noise that few notice. Our work ensures important projects are getting off the ground in Harney County. What we do isn’t flashy and is often unseen, especially by the public.

We arrange meeting times and places for collaborative groups. We take meeting notes. We steadily ensure that group decisions are acted upon and progress occurs. We provide facilitation services. We help partners secure the resources they need to see their visions turn into reality. We seek and secure funding to support initiatives and their projects. Our board and staff engage regularly in conversations with community members to enhance collaborative efforts.

And these are the consistent things we do. We often step outside our norm to meet the needs of our partners. In this way we are fulfilling our mission to enhance the ecological sustainability, economic well-being, and social vitality of our communities. Learn more

  • In November, an Alaska Airlines flight flew from Seattle to Washington D.C. using 20% renewable biofuel made from forest byproducts in the Pacific Northwest. If this biofuel can continue to be developed and obtained at a lower cost, it has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions from flights significantly.

  • The NEPA process can be long and complex. This article does a good job explaining NEPA in simple terms. It also discusses an effort by the Ochoco, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests to expand forest restoration efforts. The current rate of forest restoration isn't sufficient on many forests to keep up with forest growth and adequately decrease the risk of large, destructive fires. If successful, this could become a model that other forests use to increase the rate and scale of restoration.

  • Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, could help struggling forest communities across the United States. Harney County Restoration Collaborative partner D.R. Johnson is one of two companies in the US making this product currently. Read the article to learn about the challenges facing and exciting possibilities of their timber product.

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