JOHN DAY - Representatives of two collaborative groups from elsewhere in the region will share success stories at a meeting this Thursday, July 16, of the Blue Mountains Forest Partners.

The public is invited to the session, which will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Malheur National Forest Supervisor's office on Patterson Bridge Road.

The speakers are:

? Lloyd McGee, president of the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition in Colville, Wash. He will discuss how his group has worked with the Forest Service on 22 projects - none of which has been appealed or litigated.

? Nils Christofferson, director of Enterprise-based Wallowa Resources, will discuss that nonprofit's accomplishments, including the establishment of a biomass-fueled heating system for the local schools. Wallowa Resources also has sponsored projects for weed abatement, watershed restoration and business and job development.

Like the Blue Mountains Forest Partners, both groups draw their members from the environmental, timber industry and ranching community, as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

The aim of the local group is to restore forest health and support sustainable communities in Grant County.

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