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Features from the Blue Mountains Restoration Strategy

A series of articles that highlight the environmental and economic challenges and opportunities present in the Blue Mountains region, with updates from the Blue Mountains Forest Resiliency Project.

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Sustainable Northwest and the U.S. Forest Service Blue Mountains Restoration Strategy Team are pleased to bring you Features from the Blue Mountains Restoration Strategy.

This monthly series of articles highlights the environmental and economic challenges and opportunities present in the Blue Mountains region, and includes updates from the Blue Mountains Forest Resiliency Project.

The Blue Mountains Forest Resiliency Project, a component of a larger effort called the Eastside Restoration Strategy, is an effort to rapidly restore more than a half million acres of forests on the Ochoco, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. The Blue Mountains Restoration Strategy Team is part of this charter and is a dedicated interdisciplinary project planning team tasked with completing large landscape restoration plans including the Forest Resiliency Project.

Article series

Issue 1 - January 2016: Taking action to restore the Blue Mountains: A dedicated team aims to rapidly restore forest health on the Ochoco, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.

Issue 2 - February 2016: Landscape-scale problems require landscape-scale solutions: How the Blue Mountains Restoration Strategy Team is approaching large scale, faster pace restoration planning.

Issue 3 - March 2016: A focus on the forest restoration need: Forest conditions play a critical role in restoring forest resiliency.

Issue 4 - April 2016: The importance of fire: Fire plays a vital role in restoring and maintaining healthy forests.

Issue 5 - May 2016: Restoring our forests in the face of climate change: Designing restoration projects to make forests resilient against drought conditions.

Issue 6 - June 2016: A tale of two birds: Landscape restoration can benefit sensitive wildlife species habitats including the Northern Goshawk and White-headed Woodpecker.

Issue 7 - July 2016: For the love of huckleberries: Planning team uses modeling to inform benefits of restoration activities for huckleberry habitat.

Issue 8 - August 2016: Reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfires: Wildfire risk assessment informs placement and design of treatments.

Issue 9 - September 2016: Working together for effective wildfire management strategies: National Cohesive Wildfire Management Strategy plays an important role in guiding restoration work.

Issue 10 - October 2016: Why restoration matters….to aquatic habitat: Planning Team takes integrated look at effects of vegetation management on important aquatic species, like bull trout.

Issue 11 - November 2016: Large-scale project planning: attempting to create NEPA efficiencies: A look at the NEPA process and how the planning team is approaching landscape-scale project planning

Issue 12 - December 2016: Approaches to accelerating restoration: there is no one size fits all: The Forest Resiliency Project is just one approach for accelerating the pace and scale of restoration

Issue 13 - January 2017: A new year…the same challenge: restoring the Blue Mountains: Dedicated team aims to restore forest health on the Ochoco, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests

Issue 14 - March 2017: A look into a landscape of the past: Mollisols provide clues about types of vegetation that historically existed on national forests