Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project has been working to protect and restore the ecosystems of the Blue Mountains and Eastern Oregon Cascades since 1991. We work to stop or modify projects that threaten ecological diversity and integrity such as logging, road building, livestock grazing, herbicide and biocide use, and mining. Our work area encompasses federal public lands in eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington including the Deschutes, Ochoco, Malheur, Umatilla, Fremont-Winema, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. We prioritize the protection of old growth, sensitive and listed species, water quality, roadless areas, and areas vital to ecological processes. We also provide ways to become more involved in environmental change work via our summer volunteer internship program and other volunteer opportunities. Our work is important for the conservation of numerous species, including salmon, wolves, lynx, rare woodpeckers, Pacific fishers, marten, and wolverine.
Video by Trip Jennings. Special thanks to B Media for filming the video and to Balance Media for production and directing.
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 herbicide and/or 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 235 interns in forest ecology and activist skills and give workshops and trainings on everything from field survey work to fighting 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 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!
Watch the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project Training Video from Balance Media which discusses the goals, strategies, methods of survey work, and gives more information on the project. Huge thanks to Balance Media!
Watch the Earth Day interview below in which Karen Coulter, BMBP’s Director, talks about our work in eastern Oregon, including our accomplishments on reducing toxic herbicide use on public lands, fighting logging projects, and bringing awareness to these issues. The interview also discusses externalized costs of environmental degradation, legal rights for nature and animals, and more. Thanks to Jim Lockhart for producing this video.
Help Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project fight destructive timber sales on four National Forests in Eastern Oregon! Funds raised this spring will help to support this year’s field season. Please donate with a one time donation or a monthly donation!