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2015 Region 6 CFLRP Network Workshop

Posted by Renee Magyar on April 1, 2015

Adaptively Moving Forward. April 1-2, 2015 in Hood River, Oregon

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Photo by: Marcus Kauffman

Members of forest collaborative groups, U.S. Forest Service staff, and scientists gathered in Hood River, Oregon to discuss the successes and challenges of the CLFR program in Oregon and Washington. This was the third annual workshop of CFLRP forests, and the event garnered praise from participants. 

"Sustainable Northwest did a tremendous job with this workshop, and I honestly believe this was the best one yet! The workshop was organized in a logical way that flowed well, and even at the end (afternoon, after lunch, with a drive ahead) the participants were well engaged." - Bill Aney, Eastside Restoration Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service

Workshop presentations:

Wednesday, April 1

Overview of CFLRP projects:

An overview of 2014 accomplishments of Region 6 CFLRP projects ~ Bill Aney, Eastside Restoration Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service

CFLRP project successes and challenges:

Northeast Washington Forest Vision 2020 ~ Tinelle Bustam, District Ranger, Colville National Forest & Karen Honeycutt, NEW Vision 2020 Coordinator, Colville National Forest

Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative ~ Mary Sutton Carruthers, Coordinator, Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative & Stuart Woolley, Resource/Planning Staff Officer, Okanogen-Wenatchee National Forest

Southern Blues Restoration Coalition ~ Dana Skelly, Forest Fuels Specialist, Malheur National Forest & Zach Williams, Consultant, Iron Triangle

Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project ~ Kristen McBride, Natural Resources Staff Officer, Deschutes National Forest & Vernita Ediger, Natural Resources and Environment Program Administrator, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council

Lakeview Stewardship Group ~ Michael Tighe, Stewardship Forester and CFLRP Coordinator, Fremont-Winema National Forest & Clair Thomas, Founding Member, Lakeview Stewardship Group

Mid-point review:

CFLRP 5-year ecological monitoring reports~ Tom DeMeo, Regional Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service

Strengthening collaborative partnerships:

Working together to develop a culture of collaboration ~ Maia Enzer, Regional Partnership Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service

Smoke management and increasing the use of prescribed fire across the landscape ~ Rick Graw, Air Quality Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service

Calculating economic benefit and socioeconomic monitoring results for CFLRP projects ~ Dr. Eric White, Research Associate, Ecosystem Workforce Program

Opportunities and challenges with the development of biomass markets:

Creating value from woody biomass in NE Oregon ~ Nils Christoffersen, Executive Director, Wallowa Resources

Opportunities & Challenges With The Development Of Biomass Markets ~ Ron Saranich, Regional Biomass Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service

Five year reporting with the Risk and Cost Analysis (R-CAT) tool

Estimating Fire Program Management Cost Savings with RCAT ~ Keith Stockman, Economist, Northern Region, U.S. Forest Service

Thursday, April 2

State and federal partnerships - Panel discussion:

State and Federal Forest Health Partnerships in Washington ~ Chuck Hersey, Forest Health Specialist, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Project planning and implementation efficiencies:

Innovative NEPA projects in Rocky Mountains and Northern Regions ~ Katie Van-Alstyne, Team Leader, Southwestern Crown of the Continent CFLRP, U.S. Forest Service

Designation by prescription and virtual boundaries ~ Judd Lehman, Timber Program Manager and Contracting Officer, Fremont-Winema National Forest

About the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

The CFLRP has provided the Pacific Northwest with an opportunity to support and accelerate an all-lands approach to landscape-scale restoration. Five national forests are participating in this program: Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, and Malheur National Forests in Oregon, and the Okanogan-Wenatchee, and Colville National Forests in Washington.

The Region 6 Network enhances the effectiveness of CFLRP by sharing successes and challenges in planning and implementation across the five projects in Oregon and Washington. 

Click here to learn more about the CFLRP.