Working Together To Solve Land & Water Issues

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What is community collaboration?

Working together to benefit the community.

We bring public and private landowners together under a shared vision for land and watershed management through a Community Planning Process that has become a national model for strengthening partnerships and learning from one another.

Why We Work Together

Working together is challenging and can be slow, but it works. Because this process operated under agreed-upon goals for health and jobs, it ended decades of forest management gridlock, created jobs, and restored Wallowa County lands and waters. This diverse group continues to lead large scale assessments, direct work, and strengthen local knowledge. 

We have completed projects on Upper Joseph Creek and are now working on Lower Joseph Creek. We have also begun a forest-wide collaborative to implement a large-scale land management approach.

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 Collaboratives Are Making A Difference Across the State

Featuring the voices of several collaborative members in Central, Eastern and Southern Oregon (even our very own Nils Christoffersen), the story of the Collaboratives illustrates the impact these groups are having on their communities and the health of Oregon's forestlands.

Forest Collaboratives - Restoring Oregon's Dry Side (full length) from Ecotrust on Vimeo.

Keys to Our Success

Be inclusive all stakeholders are asked to participate and to be involved. Meetings are open and all information and decisions are publicly available

Build consensus up front consensus on shared Stewardship Principles maintains collaboration support through the process

Shared risk & reward all stakeholders are willing to step outside the confines of their self-interest to identify opportunities which generate meaningful benefits to all parties

Timely project implementation involvement of nonprofit organizations, like us, allows projects to occur quickly due to their role in sourcing grants and contracting work to local businesses

Adaptive management strategies allow on-the-ground work to change if needed as new knowledge and techniques arise

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