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  • Reuniting Harney County
  • HCRC February Meeting Overview
  • RCPP Proposal Receives Funding
  • Migratory Bird Festival

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March 2016
Reuniting Harney County
Recently we have been hearing a number of  ideas from community members on how best to help Harney County  overcome the events that impacted our county since January 2. High Desert Partnership is an organization that brings people together in the collaborative process to solve challenging issues while we maintain a neutral position.  Our mission is well suited to take a role in helping reuniting our communities.

Currently, we are developing plans to provide a platform where people can share their ideas and decide what course of action should be taken to help reunite Harney County.  We don't know yet exactly what the whole process is going to look like. Our community is made up of people from all different walks of life, which is why Harney County is such a great place.  We know many community members want to be involved and together we will overcome.
Upcoming Events
March 8th
HDP Board Meeting

March 22nd
Harney County Restoration Collaborative Meeting

Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative Meeting

For more imformation about these events please visit our website
Photo Of The Week
A picture of the car-packed parking lot and street outside of the Pine Room where the Harney Country Restoration Collaborative held their February 23rd meeting.
Other News
HCRC February Meeting Overview
The Harney County Restoration Collaborative (HCRC) meeting on February 23rd had a very large turnout, which we hope will continue in the future. New voices were heard and added to the various discussions about restoration work on the forest. The main objective of the meeting was to review the mission and Common Ground Principles of HCRC. In addition, the Forest Service discussed how CFLR funding was being distributed in an effort to be more transparent with the public about where and why money is spent. The meeting was finished out with a presentation by James Johnson on historic spatial patterns of the Malheur Forest. 
RCPP Proposal Receives Funding
We are pleased to announce that the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative and HDP have received funding from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program to protect wetlands habitat. At-risk species habitat, water quantity, and drought resource concerns will be addressed by strategically utilizing Farm Bill programs and partner contributions to enhance wet meadow habitats and improve the resiliency of working ranchlands to drought. HBWI and HDP worked with Intermountain West Joint Venture and 9 other partners in Oregon and California to develop the proposal. Find out more by clicking here
Migratory Bird Festival
This year we wanted to change things up so we teamed up with Ducks Unlimited to give a tour during the annual Migratory Bird Festival based here in Burns, OR and it sold out! The tour is called Restoration Birding and is being given by our executive director Brenda Smith and Ducks Unlimited biologist Chris Colson. The focus of the tour will be on providing a better understanding of the Harney Basin's role in the Pacific Flyway and the restoration efforts supported by the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative that are currently underway there. Interested in participating in the festival? There are still tours left and plenty of activities you can take part in!
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