The restoration program goal is to restore high ecological function in degraded watersheds.
Objectives of the Restoration Program are to:
Establish scientifically sound principles and practices for the restoration of ecosystem functions on degraded lands.
Develop and implement innovative restoration projects which solve ecological problems.
Demonstrate the economic benefits of restoring fully functioning ecosystems.
Support and promote ecological workforce training and development.
Collaborate with public and private partners in restoration ecology.
Fifteen Years of Collaboration in the Belly of the Beast
The history of involvement in “collaborative” groups by representatives of Umpqua Watersheds began in the early 1980s and continues to the present. We have invariably chosen to be at the table, no matter how badly tilted, rather than to sit on the sidelines have no influence on the outcome of the deliberations at that table.
There have been successes and shipwrecks, but we’ve learned from both, and remain committed to engaging the broader community to further scientifically sound management of our public lands. What follows is a brief record of the trials and errors or that journey.
In the early 1990s, we were involved in an informal group that included the 2 biggest timber companies in the Umpqua, a USFS District Ranger and Susan Morgan, now a Douglas County commissioner. Although we met for a year, this effort failed to produce any breakthroughs.
For the past year Umpqua Watersheds participated in a collaborative effort with Roseburg BLM. It was based on a post WOPR push by Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Peter DeFazio to “break the log jam” on BLM and other federal lands. Wyden and DeFazio asked Dr. Norm Johnson and Dr. Jerry Franklin to come up with a reason to get more timber to the mills. Norm and Jerry then produced a proposal that lumped mature forests into wet and dry with timber harvest proposals.
The Roseburg BLM set up the process to look at a few stands in “wet” forest and a few in “dry” forest and give alternatives that would: 1) develop spotted owl and marbled murrelet habitat, 2) reduce likelihood of catastrophic fires, 3) provide timber volume to support the local economy through employment, income and public services.