Current Projects

Elliott State Forest

The 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest, just northeast of Coos Bay, Oregon, is made up primarily of state-owned lands dedicated to Oregon’s Common School Fund under the authority of the State Land Board. Since the forest was established in 1930, timber harvest has served as the primary source of revenue. In 2017, due to declining timber …Read More

Research on Forestry and Estuarine Shellfish

An estuarine research project is being conducted by PSU faculty from the Environmental Science and Management Department and others with funding from Oregon Sea Grant. The project, captioned “Linkages between forestry practices and Oregon’s estuarine shellfish,” seeks to clarify connections between forest management regimes and contaminants in estuarine shellfish to inform future forestry policy discussion. …Read More

Salt Creek Watershed

OC has been asked by the Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District, on behalf of the steering committee for the Salt Creek Watershed Collaborative, to conduct an assessment to see whether and how a collaborative process might help resolve issues related to flooding in the Lower Salt Creek watershed and floodplain.  Over the last …Read More

Youth Changing the Community

The High Desert Partnership, a rural nonprofit that strives to advance collaborative relationships between Harney County residents and government, is convening the Youth Changing the Community (YCTC) initiative with assistance from Oregon Consensus. High Desert Partnership is bringing together a group of leaders from education, health, justice, natural resources, and other fields to coordinate and …Read More

Harney County Place-Based Integrated Water Resource Plan

The Harney County Watershed Council has asked Oregon Consensus to facilitate place-based water resource planning for the Malheur Lake Basin, per a pilot grant from Oregon Water Resources Department. A water availability work group is looking at sprinkler irrigation technologies and conservation practices that could be among several strategies for sustainable water management in the basin. …Read More

Burns District Wildfire Collaborative

The Burns, Oregon, district of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has engaged Oregon Consensus to convene and facilitate the BLM Burns District Wildfire Collaborative. The goal of the group is to increase fire resiliency in southeast Oregon by improving collaboration and communication related to fire prevention, response, and recovery.  

Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership

The Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon) is an unprecedented collaborative effort among federal, state, and private stakeholders to address landscape-scale threats to greater sage-grouse while acknowledging rural economic and community interests across eastern Oregon’s sagebrush range. Resulting from the SageCon process, the 2015 Oregon Sage-Grouse Action Plan details voluntary and state-regulated conservation measures to preserve habitat …Read More

Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative

OC is working with local landowners, non-governmental organizations, and federal and state agencies to design and implement a collaborative effort to combat invasive carp and preserve important bird habitats throughout the Harney Basin in southeast Oregon. Initial goals of the project are to improve the health of wetlands under the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge’s comprehensive …Read More

Mid-Coast TMDL

OC is facilitating the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Local Stakeholder Advisory Committee and several technical working groups. The committee and working groups are developing an implementation-ready TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) for bacteria and sediment impairment in water bodies in the mid-coast basin.  OC is also facilitating a Statewide TMDL Policy Committee to gather input …Read More