Forest Collaborative: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (OR)
As the Forest Service in Region 6 begins to accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration in eastern Oregon, there has been a proliferation of collaborative organizations across the region to help address this pressing restoration need. On the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeast Oregon, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Collaborative has begun to address complex forest restoration needs, while balancing environmental protection of this special area of Oregon.
Currently, the Forest Service is undertaking a sizeable project in the Lower Joe watershed in an effort to increase forest resiliency, address decades of fire suppression and past land management activities, restore degraded wetlands and springs, and increase the occurrence of large, old growth ponderosa pine, douglas fir, and larch trees that are resistant to wildfire.
WELC is working with our partners at Oregon Wild and Hells Canyon Preservation Council to ensure that science informs restoration work on the lands and waters of the Wallowas.
Report Released on Helping Collaborative Groups
In 2015, WELC and Northern Arizona University's Ecological Restoration Institute released a report that provides collaborative organizations or groups with information about the Forest Service’s administrative review process, judicial review process, and opportunities for engagement at both levels. It is a resource for collaborative groups to educate themselves on the laws and procedures surrounding administrative and judicial reviews of Forest Service collaborative forest restoration projects. View the report here.
WELC is also part of the Blue Mountains Forest Partners collaborative group. Click here to learn more.
(WELC project #384)