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 now work in four National Forests: Umatilla, Malheur, Ochoco, and Deschutes.
Our efforts include proactive public education on ecological issues, forest surveys, and documentation of proposed public lands projects (timber sales, road building, livestock grazing, herbicide and biocide programs). 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 programs.
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 deadly biocide spraying in up to five 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 teach-ins and trainings on everything from field survey work to fighting the reign of corporatocracy.
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 mid May to early fall 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 recently on KBOO, a local Portland, OR radio station: