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Blue Mountains Natural Resources Institute
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About BMNRI (1990-2000)
What is the Blue Mountains Natural Resources Institute?
The BMNRI, formed in 1990, is a cooperative venture among federal, state, and local agencies, private companies, universities, and other interested groups. Its purpose is to conduct research, develop and demonstrate technologies to land managers, landowners, and the general public and to facilitate cooperation in resolving critical resource issues.
The Institute's sphere of influence extends to more than 19 million acres; over half of the acreage is publicly owned, and about 1 million acres is wilderness. The geographic area includes the southeastern Washington counties of Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, and Walla Walla; and in eastern Oregon, the counties of Union, Wallowa, Umatilla, Grant, Baker, Morrow, Crook, Wheeler, and portions of Malheur and Harney Counties.
In its work, the Institute emphasizes landscape perspectives in dealing with Blue Mountains natural resource issues and seeks ways to manage for sustainable ecosystems. The BMNRI seeks to promote sound resource management and economically healthy communities through research, technology development and demonstration, and by facilitating communication and cooperation among the various constituencies concerned about the Blue Mountains.
What is the goal of the Institute?
The goal of the institute is to enhance the long-term economic and social benefits derived from the natural resources of the area in a way that is ecologically sensitive and sustainable.
The focus for the institute for the next 3 to 5 years will be to promote healthy forest and rangeland ecosystems by facilitating credible research and implementation of the best available knowledge through active and adaptive management.
Why an Institute?
In recent years, demands on the resources have increased. Cattle, timber, farming, and tourism industries as well as outdoor recreation and quality-of-life proponents are in competition for sustainable yields of natural resources. These regional issues are further complicated by national issues involving old-growth preservation, biodiversity, salvage harvest, and rural development. The BMNRI provides a unique opportunity to focus research efforts on providing resource managers and the public with answers to high-priority resource questions. Through its research, development, and application efforts, the institute can identify feasible alternatives, and describe consequences and interactions.
Who Belongs to the Institute?
Any group may become involved. There are currently more than 80 partners. A board of directors gives policy direction for the institute and a manager directs program activities. Board members represent:
How will the Institute's goal be achieved?
The goal will be reached by:
The objectives of the BMNRI are to:
US Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station, Blue
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