Special thanks to B Media for filming the video and to Balance Media for production and directing.

Since our inception in 1991 in rural Eastern Oregon, our mission has been to protect, defend, and restore the natural ecosystems of the Blue Mountains and Eastern Oregon Cascades bioregions. We work in the Umatilla, Malheur, Ochoco, and Deschutes National Forests.

Our efforts include proactive public education on ecological issues, forest surveys, and following legal public processes (comments, objections, and negotiations) on proposed public lands projects including timber sales, road building, livestock grazing, herbicide and biocide use, and mining. We also are involved in ongoing public lands policy management decisions, and are engaged in litigation in federal courts to protect the biodiversity and ecological integrity of the bioregion. We provide ways to become more involved in environmental change work via our summer volunteer internship program.

The results of our work include stopping tens of thousands of acres of logging and significantly modifying many more thousands of acres. We have stopped biocide spraying on up to six million acres and we have protected roadless areas, threatened species, moist mixed conifer forests, and riparian areas. We have also trained over 200 interns in forest ecology and activist skills and give workshops and trainings on everything from field survey work to fighting the reign of corporate rule.


Most of our work is done by volunteers. Every summer we are out in the field, gathering information, building legal cases, and battling timber sales and other plans that threaten the Blue Mountains. We are always seeking volunteers, especially for field survey work, which generally runs from June 1st to the last week of September each year. There are many ways you can become involved, so visit our Get Involved! page to see how you can help!

For more information on the work of BMBP, listen to this interview Project Director Karen Coulter did on KBOO, a local Portland, OR radio station:


or watch the following Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project training video which discusses the goals, strategies, methods of survey work, and gives more information on the project: