JOHN DAY – Foresters and land managers from across the globe will come to Grant County next month to see collaboration and restoration in action.
The visit, set for May 6-8, is part of an International Seminar on Forest Landscape Restoration, a gathering that also will include programs and workshops in Portland and Bend. Participants will fly into Portland April 27 and depart May 13.
Organizers say Oregon is an ideal location to learn about “innovative approaches to forest landscape restoration, with its diverse ecosystems and range of resource uses.” The program aims to give participants tools for assessing and implementing landscape restoration plans and fostering collaboratives, as well as opportunities to network with other professionals.
The Grant County leg of the tour will include field visits to the Camp Creek Restoration Area, the Oxbow Conservation Area, and the Marshall/Devine project area on the Malheur National Forest.
Organizer Lindsay Buchanan said the seminar has drawn 19 participants from as far away as Malawi, China, Brazil and Philippines. They will be looking at the range of restoration activities in action, from stream work to economic effects.
She said the itinerary includes the Malheur because it is home to the Southern Blues Restoration Coalition, one of 23 forest landscape restoration projects selected for the Forest Services’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.
“Selected in 2012, the project has made great strides in accelerating restoration on the landscape through a collaborative approach,” she said.
Malheur Forest Supervisor Steve Beverlin is looking forward to showcasing the local successes, as well as “lessons learned.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Malheur and our partners to showcase the integration of resource resilience and community stability,” Beverlin said. “We are helping educate other natural resource professionals around the world with our efforts.”
Seminar participants will get to meet local collaborative members and other community leaders.
“They will interact with forest and land managers, research scientists, conservancies, grazing communities, municipalities, and local organizations, and share their cultural experiences,” said a news release from the Malheur National Forest.
The seminar, designed for mid-career professionals, is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service International Programs, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and the World Resources Institute.