From May 1-6 a group of land management professionals from around the world will visit Bend as part of an International Seminar on Forest Landscape Restoration, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service International Programs, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the World Resources Institute.
Oregon is an ideal location to learn about innovative approaches to forest landscape restoration with its diverse ecosystems and range of natural resources and benefits, from recreation opportunities to water purification. Attendees will learn about tools and best practices for assessing forest landscape restoration opportunities, developing and implementing landscape restoration plans, and fostering collaborative partnerships. They will interact with forest and land managers, research scientists, conservancies, grazing communities, municipalities, and local organizations and share their cultural perspectives.
While in Bend, participants will have the opportunity to go on several field site visits including the Bend Seed Extractory and the Glaze Forest Restoration Project to see restoration in action in the area from a number of perspectives, discussed lessons learned. They will also get to meet many of the people who are leading these efforts, including through the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project.
There are 19 participants in the seminar from around the world including Malawi, China, Brazil, Ghana, and the Philippines. Participants have a range of backgrounds, including researchers, foresters, program managers, and planners working in a variety of governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.
To learn more about the International Seminar on Forest Landscape Restoration visit http://www.fs.fed.us/global/is/2015/flr2015_brochure.pdf