Webcast: The Future of Eastern Oregon Forests

Though often overlooked, Eastern Oregon’s forests are of global importance. They host Oregon’s most complete assemblage of large wildlife. They provide an irreplaceable link between the Rockies, Cascades, and the coast beyond. They are also home to the headwaters of some of our region’s most iconic waterways. Whether it’s the snowy peaks of the Eagle Cap, the depths of Hells Canyon, or the majesty of an old-growth forest in the Ochoco, the landscapes of the Blue Mountain ecoregion have also provided cultural value since time immemorial – no less than 15,000 years!

Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands Systems Ecologist Dr. David Mildrexler shares his research on the region’s importance with a special focus on wildlife, water, and climate, as well as conservation opportunities identified by world-renowned researchers.

The timing couldn’t be better. The US Forest Service has restarted a process to create a management plan for over 5 million acres of these forests that will guide activities for decades. Oregon Wild staff will be joined by Jamie Dawson, the Conservation Director for Greater Hells Canyon Council. We’ll discuss what this process means, and how you can do your part to ensure Eastern Oregon’s forests continue to thrive for decades to come.

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