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Blue Mountains


Susan Charnley, US Forest Service
Mary Rowland, US Forest Service


The Blue Mountains WG capitalizes on long-term ecological data available from the Umatilla, Malheur, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, including the Starkey Experimental Forest and Range, and socio-economic information about local, natural resource-based communities from ongoing and new research.  Our initial focus was to sponsor two workshops to bring together scientists and stakeholders to explore opportunities for landscape-scale research proposals using these long-term data sets from public and private lands in the Blue Mountains. Our goal is to address important, and integrated, ecological and socioeconomic issues relevant to the management of dry forests and rangelands in the Pacific Northwest. The WG seeks to provide new knowledge to aid in reducing vulnerability, fostering adaptation, improving resilience, and supporting the sustainability of natural and human systems within the complex mountain landscapes of the Blue Mountains and beyond.


Sponsored a local/Blue Mountains stakeholder workshop in La Grande, OR in January 2015.

Sponsored a regional stakeholder/scientist workshop in Portland, OR in March 2015.

Developed network of >40 scientists and stakeholders with interests in socio-ecological issues in the Blue Mountains Province.

Created two sub-groups - ranching and ungulates - each now developing grant proposals and formulating more concrete research topics.

Conducting ongoing research that focuses on how to promote the resilience of public lands grazing and ranching in the Blue Mountains.

Conducting ongoing research on the social and economic feasibility of using beavers and artificial beaver dams as a watershed restoration and climate change adaptation strategy on rangelands in the Blue Mountains.

Conducting ongoing research about hunter satisfaction, factors affecting hunter success, and hunter interactions with deer and elk in a controlled experiment at Starkey.

Will produce a case study documenting the social and economic issues associated with using beavers and artificial beaver dams as a watershed restoration and drought mitigation strategy on private ranchlands and public lands grazing allotments from two sites in the Blue Mountains Submitted an NSF LTREB proposal to examine complex interactions among ungulates, carnivores, and humans in the Blue Mts. based on long-term data at the Starkey Experimental Forest & Range

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