OC worked with a representative stakeholder work group convened by Oregon Parks and Recreation District to assist in developing an alternative for managing Bates Pond that meets multiple objectives, focusing on maintaining cultural and historic values and addressing fish passage and habitat needs.
Natural Resources Projects
As a follow up from OC’s 2012 Columbia Basin Salmon and Steelhead Situation Assessment, NOAA fisheries has announced a new basin-wide collaborative forum to reconcile overlapping efforts for salmon and steelhead into a consistent and comprehensive set of integrated goals that provide a common path toward recovery. OC is continuing to provide consultation services to …Read More
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
Working with the local leaders and outside interests in supporting the High Desert Partnership’s effort to continue to expand the effectiveness and use of collaborative problem solving in Harney County. These efforts will focus on social, economic, and ecological challenges facing the community. OC is continuing to support the effort and fostering communication and opportunities …Read More
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.
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
Bates Pond, located in Bates State Park on the Middle Fork of the John Day River, is the last remaining feature of the historic mill town of Bates, Oregon. For several years, area stakeholders have grappled with issues related to restoration of Bates Pond and fish passage for threatened steelhead and bull trout populations. The …Read More
Oregon Consensus and the William D. Ruckelshaus Center conducted a convening assessment for The Columbia River Gorge Commission. The assessment explored opportunities to engage regional stakeholders in a collaborative effort to develop a comprehensive regional urban area policy for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The overall purpose of the project was to help …Read More
Oregon Consensus and the William D. Ruckelshaus Center assisted the Columbia River Gorge Commission in designing and convening a stakeholder engagement process to develop legal descriptions for the thirteen urban area boundaries established in the gorge by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act of 1986. As part of the Act, Congress provided a …Read More
OC facilitated a working group that explored collaborative approaches to public land management and ecological preservation on the 500,000 acre Beatys Butte Common Allotment located between Hart Mountain and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Lake County, Oregon. Stakeholders involved in the process included Beatys Butte Grazing Association, the Oregon Natural Desert Association, cattle grazers, conservation …Read More
Oregon Consensus provided facilitation services to the Oregon Governor’s Task Force on Genetically-Engineered Agriculture. The task force identified and framed the major issues between growers of genetically-engineered (GE) agricultural products and other producers, including organic growers. The task force also identified areas of alignment and disagreement related to GE and non-GE food products, including information …Read More
The Swan Island-North Portland Air Quality Forum, convened by Oregon Representative Tina Kotek and Metro Councilor Sam Chase, brought together residents and businesses in a collaborative effort to address air quality in the Swan Island and north Portland area. Oregon Consensus facilitated the forum, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality provided technical assistance. The …Read More
OC is facilitating a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cooperating agency advisory group (CAAG) that is leading a public engagement process to develop a Resource Management Plan for Western Oregon. The cooperating agency role derives from the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, which calls on federal, state, and local governments to cooperate with the …Read More
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
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
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) asked Oregon Consensus, in partnership with the William D. Ruckelshaus Center, a joint program of Washington State University and the University of Washington, to conduct a situation assessment of regional views about salmon and steelhead recovery planning in the Columbia River Basin over …Read More
In 2013, Oregon Consensus and Oregon Solutions facilitated a collaborative effort between the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and county parks (through the Association of Oregon Counties) to change the distribution formula for recreational vehicle (RV) registration fees, enhance partnership efforts between state and county parks providers, and consider jurisdictional transfers of park properties. Over time, …Read More
The Renewable Energy and Eastern Oregon Landscape Conservation Partnership was convened by the Oregon Governor’s Natural Resources Policy Director and the Deputy State Director for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to address renewable energy development and habitat conservation across Eastern Oregon. The group addressed sagebrush and sage grouse issues, and developed criteria for identifying …Read More
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge working group, with more than 30 diverse members, developed a draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement to guide refuge management from 2012 until 2027. From 2008 through 2011, Oregon Consensus provided facilitation and collaborative governance training to Malheur Wildlife Refuge staff and other stakeholders. The group strengthened working …Read More
In 2011, Oregon Consensus facilitated an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife task force that reviewed dog and raptor training regulations in Oregon. The task force included the Oregon State Police; representatives of the birding, hunting and dog training communities; and other interested stakeholders.