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What We Do

Working Hard & Always Working Together

Working cooperatively takes a strong support system to make it possible for people to work together. A support system that does not take a position on issues but rather brings people together and manages the process. This is the basis of what we do. We convene and support a community of diverse perspectives so we may forge an agreeable path forward, together. 

These communities of diverse perspectives that we support are six collaborative working groups based in Harney County: Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative, Harney County Wildfire Collaborative, Harney County Forest Restoration Collaborative, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan, BizHarney Opportunity Collaborative and Youth Changing the Community Collaborative. Each of these collaborative efforts is filled with dedicated individuals committed to finding concensus around complex challenges and opportunities. We, High Desert Partnership, provide them with the support they need to do their work whether it's convening the meetings, providing talented facilitation, sharing stories about their work, identifying funding that will help them accomplish their work and more as needs arise.

Living in frontier rural America presents complex challenges. But when we come together and roll-up our sleeves, anything is possible.

Why Working Together Matters

High Desert Partnership fosters a culture of working together. We champion common ground and use cooperative problem solving to address local issues before they reach crisis. By working together we've found practical ways to tackle some of our community's hardest challenges—restoring forests and wetlands, mitigating wildfire, creating opportunities for youth and growing our local economy.

Working together isn't always quick or easy, but we're fine with that. We're in this for the long haul—championing the progress that keeps Harney county moving forward. We are proud that what we achieve together creates economic opportunity, sustains and restores healthy lands and water and maintains an enduring rural way of life.

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