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The Forest Collaborative, established in June 2012, is comprised of more than 40 organizations and individuals passionate about working together on large scale management efforts. They engage in landscape-scale analysis and support the USFS' restoration and job creation efforts on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. 

The Forest Collaborative Focus

The geographic focus of the Forest Collaborative is the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (WWNF), which encompasses 2,392,508 acres and crosses three states. In Oregon, the WWNF is bordered by the Umatilla and Malheur National Forests. Forest elevation varies from 9,945 to 875 feet.

The WWNF contains four ranger districts, one national recreation area, four wilderness areas, and ten Wild and Scenic Rivers. WWNF land area in square miles per county: Union county – 2,037, Baker County – 3,068, Wallowa County 3,146.

The Forest Collaborative Mission

To improve the social, economic, and ecological resiliency of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and local communities through collaboration by a diverse group of stakeholders.


  • Foster the collaborative relationship amongst stakeholders.
  • Review and finalize the Operations Principles Framework as a collaborative.
  • Engage in landscape-scale analysis and planning to support the USFS in its efforts to accelerate the pace of restoration and job creation on the WWNF.
  • Work on projects and support responsible land management agencies 

Current Field Project Work

  • Partner with Wallowa County to implement the Lower Joseph Creek Watershed Assessment and Recommendations and increase local, state and regional support for these projects.
  • Development of a collaborative project on the Whitman District of the WWNF in partnership with the Baker County Natural Resource Advisory Committee.

Operations Group and its Members

operation members

When the Forest Collaborative formed, individuals approved the creation of an Operations Group to plan and manage the Forest Collaborative between meetings. These are the members of the Operations Group:

  • John Buckman, Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Nils Christoffersen, Wallowa Resources
  • Mark Davidson, Union County
  • Steve Edwards, Blue Mountain Forest Cooperative
  • Brian Kelly, Hells Canyon Preservation Council
  • Tom Montoya, WWNF Forest Supervisor (or designate)
  • Paul Oester, OSU Forest Extension
  • Andrew Spaeth, Sustainable Northwest
  • Lindsay Warness, Boise Cascade

Nick Myatt of ODFW was originally part of this group but stepped down due to scheduling conflicts. He remains a participant in the full Collaborative.

Learn More at the Collaborative Website

For meeting notes and field trip reports, visit the collaborative website.

Other reference information - web links

USFS Web Site - Eastside Restoration Strategy

Federal Forestlands Advisory Committee - Implementation Work Group

For more information, contact Jeff Costello.

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Collaborative Meetings

We meet every fourth Wednesday of the month from 10am to 3pm at the La Grande Ranger District's Conference Room.

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