2015 Blues Coalition Workshop

Posted by Andrew Spaeth on May 1, 2015

Furthering Collaboration and Forest Resilience – July 27-28, 2015


Members of five forest collaborative groups that are working together to increase the pace and scale of restoration in the Blue Mountains of Oregon met last week in Baker City, Oregon to share progress, results, lessons learned, and to work on next steps for the Forest Resiliency Project. This was the fourth meeting Sustainable Northwest has organized for the coalition of collaborative groups to help advance forest restoration across the region. Learn more about The Blues Coalition.

The purpose and goals of this meeting were to:

  • Provide a forum for forest collaborative members in the Blue Mountains to engage with the Blue Mountains Interdisciplinary Team and learn about the Forest Resiliency Project, including the Purpose and Need Statement and the line officer’s intent as described in the project initiation letter. 

  • Engage forest collaborative members in an opportunity to provide input and direction on the Forest Resiliency Project Proposed Action.
  • Explore how collaborative groups have developed forest restoration agreements in the Blue Mountains region and discuss how previously developed collaborative agreement could be used to inform the Forest Resiliency Project.
  • Support collaborative capacity building, networking, socioeconomic and ecological monitoring efforts, and sharing of lessons learned.


Workshop presentations:

Monday, July 27

Forest Resiliency Project Poster and Brief ~ Bill Aney, Eastside Restoration Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service

Socioeconomic monitoring results from accelerated restoration ~ Eric White, Research Social Scientist, Pacific Northwest Research Station & Emily Jane Davis, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Oregon State University

Developing and sustaining a monitoring plan ~ Nils Christoffersen, Executive Director, Wallowa Resources & Mark Webb, Executive Director, Blue Mountain Forest Partners

Aspen restoration and social agreement ~ Vernita Ediger, Natural Resources and Environment Program Administrator, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council & Trent Seager, PhD Candidate, Forest Ecology, Oregon State University & Emily Jane Davis, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Oregon State University

Tuesday, July 28

Forest collaboration and objections in the NEPA process ~ Susan Jane Brown, Staff Attorney, Western Environmental Law Center & Jackie Andrew, Resource Planning and Monitoring, U.S. Forest Service

Forest collaborative communications: tips and tools for improving community outreach and engagement:

Public perceptions of forest management and wildfire risk in northeast Oregon ~ Angela Boag, PhD Student, University of Colorado – Boulder

Telling the story of collaborative forest restoration ~ Pete Caligiuri, Forest Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

Download the workshop agenda below. 

For more information about this workshop, or the Blues Coalition, contact Andrew Spaeth, Forest Program Associate,, (503) 221-6911 x 111