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For 17 years, we have enhanced economic opportunities on our forests and grasslands while caring for the land and water for future generations. Thriving rural communities must have strong education, sustainable land management, and diverse, locally owned businesses. We work with public and private partners to foster Wallowa County's vibrancy.

Our Strategy

Wallowa County is a model for rural revitalization. We are expanding our reach with a strategic plan that upholds our longstanding principles and supports critical programming in our community.

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Our Values

We can create a society invested in the long-term stewardship of rural communities and their lands. These values guide us in working towards this goal.

  • Equity – People who work should not have to live in poverty.
  • Inclusiveness – A diverse, inclusive community and economy is essential to realizing opportunity for all people.
  • Empowerment – People must have the tools, resources, and access to create positive change in their lives and communities.
  • Innovation –  Creative problem solving and experimentation is necessary to tackle today's complex economic and social problems.
  • Collaboration – Lasting social, economic and environmental solutions happen when government, businesses, nonprofits, landowners and communities work together.
  • Knowledge Sharing – Sustainable development within rural communities requires building and sharing collective knowledge.
  • Transparency - Respect is earned when organizations clearly communicate intentions, actions, and results and their work is open to review by others.
  • Integrity – Organizational integrity demands a strategic, inquiring, and informed perspective that promotes quality and objectivity.

Our History

In 1996, due to changes in national forest management, the saw mills shut down and 20% of the workforce lost their jobs overnight. In the back room of a bakery, a group of local citizens came together to create a new community organization to deal with this abrupt economic downturn– Wallowa Resources.

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Where We Live and Work

Wallowa County, located in the northeast corner of Oregon, is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and small town living. A longstanding tradition of making a living from the land continues today- ranching and farming remain the cornerstone of our economy, lifestyle, and identity.

Learn more about the place we call home

Support Our Work

Charitable contributions from people like you make it possible for us to revitalize rural communities such as Wallowa County. Support us today with a donation and strengthen our community through education, land stewardship, and economic development!

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