We hope you have time to preview the Deschutes and Lakes basin portals – our newest additions to the Oregon Explorer.
The Deschutes Basin Explorer highlights the collaboration of the Trust for Public Land Project to establish a “greenprint” for Deschutes county, salmon habitat restoration, and issues associated with juniper encroachment. It provides background and information about plant and animal species, habitats, vegetation, and stream health in portions of the five ecoregions: the Cascades, the Eastern Cascade slopes and foothills, the Blue Mountains, Columbia Plateau and Northern Basin and Range.
The Lakes Basin Explorer provides background and information relevant to natural resource decision-making as it relates to Steens Mountain, ecosystem diversity, and ecosystem restoration. It is collaboration with representatives from Harney and Lake Counties watershed councils, the BLM, and the Steens Mountain Advisory Council. Featured are stories related to restoring the sagebrush community of the steppe, cooperative management of Steens Mountain, managing the Kiger Mustang population, and mitigating the impact of invasive vegetation on fire regime and native vegetation.
These portals had their soft launch in late April 2010. They are not yet linked on the main Oregon Explorer website but you can find them by adding “/lakesbasin” or “/deschutesbasin” to the Oregon Explorer URL. We welcome your comments. A link is available in the lower left corner to provide feedback (see red highlighted area on the images above).