OREGON – The Crooked River National Grassland welcomed a group of forestry and land management professionals from around the world earlier this spring as part of the International Seminar on Forest Landscape Restoration, an event sponsored by the USDA Forest Service International Programs and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Fifteen foresters from as far away as Brazil, Turkey, Namibia and Laos met with District Ranger Slater Turner and his staff at Skull Hollow, the busiest recreation site on both the Grassland and the Ochoco National Forest, to discuss the challenges posed by multiple uses and ecological restoration.
Turner explained the need to balance growing recreation demands (from campers, mountain climbers, cyclists, equestrians and others) with grazing opportunities for longstanding permittees, and with doing what is best for the land from an ecological standpoint.
As part of their training, the international foresters took part in an exercise to consider several ecological restoration objectives in the area. They made recommendations to Ranger Turner on how they might address the restoration goals, while honoring the Forest’s commitments to the public and the need to find balance among multiple uses.
The international group visited the grassland at the end of a three-week seminar in Bend, which also included field trips to Mt. Bachelor on the Deschutes and several sites on the Malheur National Forest.