Deschutes Collaborative Forest
A Landscape Restoration Project
After a century of widespread logging, grazing, and fire exclusion, our forests are overcrowded and out of balance – and they will not get better on their own. If no action is taken, the health and long-term sustainability of this unique treasure will remain in jeopardy.
The Central Oregon landscape is an integral part of who we are, what we do, and how we act. Whether you’re a year-round resident or a visitor to Central Oregon, we share a “sense of place” that ties us together and to this landscape. We are passionate for the outdoors, the forest, the rivers, and the quality of life they offer.
Our forests are treasured for the wide range of benefits they provide. In the past, competing visions on how best to manage our forests produced conflict and stalemate, and slowed important forest restoration work on the ground. The Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project (DCFP) is breaking through historic gridlock to forge new agreements and create a shared vision for stewardship that will sustain our forests into the future.
In 2010 our collaborative efforts secured a 10-year, $10.1 million award to restore 145,000 acres of forest in Central Oregon through the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. In the summer of 2013 the restoration area was approved for an expansion, bringing the total to approximately 257,000 acres and stretching from Black Butte and Bend to Sunriver and Mt. Bachelor.
Be a part of restoring our forests and our communities. Help us write a new story about the inseparable link between the health and vibrancy of the two. The DCFP has grown from a grass-roots movement to a thriving collaborative force that recognizes all the values and interests represented within the community. By supporting the DCFP you will help strengthen the collaborative process and the bonds that tie us together and to the forests that surround us.