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June 2016

High Desert Partnership board members Gary Marshall and Chad Karges exchange greetings in PBS Newshour's story on the collaborative efforts taking place in Harney County. 
Cranes, curlews, and cows — the delicate debate over Oregon’s federal lands
High Desert Partnership board members Gary Marshall and Chad Karges exchange greetings in PBS Newshour's story on the collaborative efforts taking place in Harney County. 

Need To Know

Back in the National Spotlight

Upcoming Events
Harney County was in the national news again this week, but with a positive message! Cat Wise with PBS Newshour produced a story about the High Desert Partnership and the collaborative work we are supporting in Harney Basin. The story, titled Cranes, curlews, and cows — the delicate debate over Oregon’s federal lands, features Partnership board members and Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative partners, who speak to the benefits of collaboration. Be sure to share this story with your family, friends and coworkers and tell them what the Partnership is all about!

June 6th
HBWI Communications Committee Meeting

June 14th
HDP Board Meeting

June 28th
Harney County Restoration Collaboration Field Meeting

For more information on upcoming events visit our website.

Photo of The Month

Above: A view of Harney Basin from up in the air. Below: Pilots Anthony Carson and Mark Garponoff.
HDP executive director Brenda Smith had the wonderful opportunity to fly over the Harney Basin in May. She joined Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm, filmmakers with Hare in the Gate Productions, who were taking photographs and videos of spring in the basin. The flight was provided by LightHawk, a non-profit that donates flights for conservation. Thank you to Esther Lev, HBWI parter with The Wetlands Conservancy, for setting this up, Sue and Richard for filiming, and the volunteer pilots Anthony Carson and Mark Garponoff for their time and effort! What an amazing experience!

Other News

USDA Undersecrtary and FS Regional Forester Visit

District ranger Christy Cheyne explaining restoration projects implemented by the Harney County Restoration Collaborative.
Robert Bonnie, USDA undersecretary, and Jim Pena, Forest Service regional forester, met with Emigrant Creek Ranger District employees, county officials, and the High Desert Partnership on May 15th to see the restoration work on the southern Malheur Forest that has resulted from the efforts of the Harney County Restoration Collaborative (HCRC). The group traveled to different restoration sites on the forest where they discussed the obstacles that restoration faces, specifically those that occur after projects have been approved. HCRC presently faces the challenge of utilizing biomass from approved projects, which has very little value in the current economy. If biomass cannot be used or removed in a timely manner, then projects will not be meeting their stated goals. HCRC hopes to find solutions to these issues by raising awareness to the barriers restoration faces. 

Meet Our Summer Intern Maddie

Meet our summer intern Maddie Dorroh.
A warm welcome to Maddie Dorroh, who will be working with us in an internship this summer! Maddie was born and raised in Harney County and just completed her first semester at Harvard University. She is undecided about her major, but is interested in English and psychology. Maddie enjoys playing violin, writing, drawing and acting. She is passionate about volunteer work. In the past she has volunteered at the Harney District Hospital and the Department of Human Services in Harney County, as well as for Y2Y, a youth run homeless shelter at Harvard.

This summer Maddie will be helping us as we move forward with the Positive Youth Investment Initiative. She is excited to work on this project. When speaking about the project she said, "Youth are the future of Harney County and so, as a fairly young person myself, I appreciate any efforts that go toward making Harney county a better place for youth to live." From her experience this summer, Maddie hopes to gain work experience while contributing something positive to the community through HDP. 

Field Meeting Season is Here Again! 

With the weather warming up, Harney County Restoration Collaborative (HCRC) field meetings will begin again in June. In their first session out in the field partners will be focusing on prescribed fire. In last month's meeting, HCRC partners agreed upon a consensus statement for Old and Larger Trees and reviewed the Dove Environmental Assessment. The Dove Project is on the Malheur National Forest website with an interactive map

The comment/objection period for the Dove Project begins June 1st and ends July 1st. Forest Service personnel working on these documents suggest that comments and objections need to be specific. (Example: "I would like Road 4839 to stay open because my family uses it to reach an undeveloped campsite every year" instead of "No roads should be closed on the forest.") The Forest Service hopes to have objections clarified by September 30th. 

Our Board Members Go Above and Beyond

High Desert Partnership board members are always trying to grow and learn more in an effort to continually improve our organization. Kathy Rementaria participated in her first Community Based Change (CBC) Work Group in-person workshop in May. The CBC Work Group is made up of community members who work with Ford Institute for Community Builidng (FICB). Their mission is to assist the FICB and its partners in the development of systems, programs and community events which support rural community building. These members ensure that the voices of rural communities are being heard and provide feedback to FICB to ensure that the resources developed for rural communities are relevant, timely and easy to access and use. What Kathy learns from her time on the work group will be invaluable to us, with particular regard to our youth initiative. 
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