Accomplishments

Blue Mountains Forest Partners is proud of our accomplishments.  Below you can learn more about our work and how we are helping create healthy forests and healthy communities.  

  • November 14, 2022

    Of Woodpeckers and Harvests: Finding Compatibility Between Habitat and Salvage Logging

    Vicki Saab, a research wildlife biologist with the Rocky Mountain Station, has spent over two decades studying the habitat niches of disturbance-associated woodpecker species in post-wildfire landscapes. These data form the basis of ...more
  • October 31, 2022

    How to prevent an anti-government revolution

    Thanks in large part to a land-management strategy that local ranchers, conservationists and federal employees developed 15 years before the Bundys arrived, the community was largely inoculated against their simplistic solutions and fiery but empty rhetoric. Through years of homegrown collaboration led in part by the nonprofit High Desert Partnership, the community was already tackling many of the issues that inspired the Bundys to take up arms: fences, water access, poverty. To many locals, these were not ideological struggles, but tangible problems they were solving together.more
  • September 8, 2022

    21st century planning techniques for creating fire-resilient forests in the American west

    Novel approaches to framing wildfire protection (e.g., potential operational delineations, or PODs) and advancements in modeling tools have been critical to improving our understanding of fire and its potential impacts. The successful use ...more
  • August 16, 2022

    Be the Beaver

    In Oregon, our crew forged this connection through a relatively new type of restoration tool: beaver dam analogues (BDAs). Water that backs up behind BDAs recharges the floodplain and increases the wetted width of the stream flow. Essentially, a BDA creates a porous wall of sticks, logs, and leaves that slows the flow of water in one part of the stream and retains much of this flow behind the “dam,” allowing some of this backed-up water to seep into the floodplain. This beaver-like engineering helps promote channel aggradation, or in other words, prevents channels from incising into themselves and away from the natural floodplain. more
  • April 18, 2021

    They Overcame Mutual Loathing, and Saved a Town

    JOHN DAY, Ore. — One of the most venomous battles in our polarized nation is the one that has unfolded between loggers and environmentalists in timber towns like this one in the snow-capped Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. ...more
  • April 18, 2021

    Forest Resiliency in Lake and Klamath Counties

    Today our forests in Lake and Klamath Counties are in jeopardy. Insect infestations, overstocked Western juniper, and an altered fire regime have all led to heavy fuel loads. A single lightning strike today has a greater probability of ...more
  • April 18, 2021

    Finding common ground on active forest management

    Environmentalists, working alongside timber industry professionals, helped end the ban on logging trees over 21 inches. Instead of fighting in the courtroom, with environmental lawsuits halting timber projects, the former adversaries ...more
  • October 4, 2020

    Working on timber peace: the Blue Mountains Forest Partners

    Hear about our collaborative from Oregon Public Broadcasting's Oregon Field Guide!  After the “Timber Wars” left both sides with deep animosity, loggers and environmentalists have done the unthinkable in Eastern Oregon: they've ...more

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