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Improving Our Working Lands

We feel local communities should be involved in the caring of their lands. We support policies that support local efforts to be involved. Because of this, we work with landowners to improve forest, stream, and grasslands on public and private lands. We do this by providing you the tools, training, and financial assistance. In working with others, we helped restore nearly 30,000 acres of working lands.

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Working Across Fence Lines

Working with Wallowa County & partners, we bring people together through a Community Planning Process – which has become a national model. By working together, we create a shared vision for land stewardship and management. Our community has become stronger and more resilient to change since we started this process. On one project, this work created over $5 million in local benefit.

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Engaging You In Dialogue

We can not create change in rural communities alone. We do this with stratgic alliances and educating policy makers. We share our local knowledge by partnering with universities. And, bring fresh ideas to rural communities. Come join the conversation and get involved in improving rural communities!

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Educating Future Leaders

We believe education is key to understanding land issues. You can only understand through direct contact with the land. Our programs connect you with the land and teach you critical skills in solving land issues. Young and old both have opportunities to explore and learn about this amazing place we call Wallowa County.

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Revitalizing Rural Economies

We bring innovative ideas to economic development around natural resources. When the mills shut down, we had to a find a new way of doing business. We have helped launch several new businesses and work in renewable energy, small diameter logging, and land stewardship. Today, fresh life and vitality is growing in rural communities.

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Creating Jobs

Wallowa County has been hit hard with hundreds losing their jobs when the mills shut down. We are still trying to recover from this. We have responded by creating family-wage jobs. As of today, we are supporting 54 jobs. We continue to find innovative ways to bring family-wage jobs back to Wallowa County.

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Cooperative Weed Control

Weeds threaten the vitality of working lands. We work across state lines and with partners to stop the threat. Our goal is to work together using various techniques to control weeds. Neighbors helping neighbors to ensure weeds do not spread is a unique, innovative approach. In working with partners, we have treated over 15,000 acres in Oregon and Washington.

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We Are Hiring!

We Are Hiring a 6 month  Education Specialist!

The Education Specialist is responsible for assisting with fundraising, curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation of the organization's Youth Stewardship Education Program and creating communication material.

Priority program elements include leading the HS Internship and Water Quality Programs. The youth education programs provide youth with hands on exposure to the natural history of the region, stimulate interest in stewardship of the region's habitat and augment the natural science curriculum of the schools.

Deadline to apply is extended to Friday, May 2. 

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We believe thriving rural communities need strong economies, a commitment to land stewardship, and top-notch learning opportunities. Our mission is to develop, promote, and implement innovative solutions to help the people of Wallowa County and the Intermountain West sustain and improve their communities and their lands. We accomplish this by working together with you, our community, and partners. With success, Wallowa County provides a model for rural community revitalization.

We Support Our Community

We love where we live and work -Wallowa County. We value the heritage of make a living from the land that runs deep in Wallowa County. Because of this, we work with our community to support the productivity of Wallowa County's working lands - our forest, rangelands, and farmlands. We accomplish this by our commitment to land & watershed stewardship, to creating jobs, and educating the next generation. 

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 Stewardship & Restoration Work - works in partnership with local contractors and land owners to design and implement forest, range, and stream restoration projects.

•  Youth, College & Community Education - provides outdoor and hands-on learning for youth; host community presentations and workshops; and teaches university students about rural land issues

•  Jobs & Business Development - promotes entrepreneurship by assisting business owners to start, improve, or expand ventures that create jobs and income from natural resources and renewable energy 

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We need your support! It takes all of us working together to create a vibrant Wallowa County. Your support will get kids outside and learning about Wallowa County's outdoors, stop the invasion of weeds, and create family-wage jobs, just to name a few. So join us today by donating or staying informed through our newsletter.

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Upcoming Events

Fri Apr 25 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
Friday WREN Water, Fish, & Fishing
Fri May 02 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
May 2 Binoculars & Feathers
Fri May 09 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
Friday WREN The Zumwalt Prairie

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