North Santiam Forest Collaborative

The mis­sion of the North San­ti­am For­est Col­lab­o­ra­tive is to draw upon the knowl­edge base of a diverse col­lab­o­ra­tive to iden­ti­fy and address the issues and oppor­tu­ni­ties that will ulti­mate­ly improve the ecosys­tem func­tion and resilience of the head­wa­ters of the North San­ti­am Riv­er Water­shed while con­tribut­ing to the econ­o­my and job mar­ket of the North San­ti­am Canyon.

Watershed Council Boandaries 4-2015

In Decem­ber of 2014 the North San­ti­am For­est Col­lab­o­ra­tive expand­ed its bound­ary to include the entire North San­ti­am Watershed.

North San­ti­am For­est Col­lab­o­ra­tive
(For­mer­ly known as the Bre­it­en­bush Wateshed Stake­hold­er Collaborative) 

The North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil and staff at the US For­est Ser­vice Detroit Ranger Dis­trict start­ed a con­ver­sa­tion in 2011 regard­ing how to improve the Bre­it­en­bush water­shed tak­ing an “All Lands Approach.”  “All Lands Approach” mean­ing let’s take a look at the water­shed sys­tem as a whole and start iden­ti­fy­ing issues and oppor­tu­ni­ties that will ulti­mate­ly improve the health and resilience of the watershed.

We all rely on water­shed sys­tems for var­i­ous rea­sons: recre­ation, tim­ber and spe­cial for­est prod­ucts, we call it home, it pro­vides fish and wildlife habi­tat, it holds trans­porta­tion sys­tems we rely on and it can be the source of our drink­ing water. With such diverse uses and some­times com­pet­ing inter­ests we need to take a holis­tic approach to man­ag­ing these lands.

The  North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil with grant fund­ing pro­vid­ed by the Nation­al For­est Foun­da­tion assist­ed with the for­ma­tion of a Col­lab­o­ra­tive “Deci­sion Mak­ing” Stake­hold­er Group that is assist­ing the US For­est Ser­vice and the water­shed coun­cil with iden­ti­fy­ing and pri­or­i­tiz­ing restora­tion activ­i­ties in the Bre­it­en­bush Watershed.

“The term “col­lab­o­ra­tion” is often used in nat­ur­al resource man­age­ment con­texts to describe the process of peo­ple with dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives work­ing togeth­er to solve a prob­lem. Because col­lab­o­ra­tion includes mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives in the deci­sion mak­ing process, the solu­tions devel­oped through col­lab­o­ra­tive action are often more durable and more wide­ly sup­port­ed than if they had been made using less inclu­sive forms of deci­sion mak­ing.”
-Stew­ard­ship Con­tract­ing & Col­lab­o­ra­tion:
Best Prac­tices Guide­book
Pub­lished by Sus­tain­able Northwest

North San­ti­am For­est Collaborative

Hwy 46 Field Trip

Thank you to all those who came out for the Hwy 46 Tour.

Wednes­day — May 25, 2016

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Click HERE to view Field Trip Agenda

April 2, 2015 North San­ti­am For­est Col­lab­o­ra­tive Meeting 

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The North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with the US For­est Ser­vice Detroit Ranger Dis­trict held the fourth North San­ti­am For­est Col­lab­o­ra­tive meet­ing on April 2, 2015 in Gates, Ore­gon. Staff from the For­est Ser­vice spent the morn­ing pro­vid­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tive with an update on the progress and restora­tion activ­i­ties that have and are occur­ring in the Bre­it­en­bush Water­shed and around Detroit Lake. Three sub­com­mit­tees were formed around pri­or­i­tized nat­ur­al resource con­cerns: Road, Fish Pas­sage & Fish Habi­tat; Recre­ation & Trails and Veg­e­ta­tion Man­age­ment, Fuels, Weeds, and Wildlife Habi­tat. Mem­bers of the col­lab­o­ra­tive and US For­est Ser­vice spe­cial­ists spent the sec­ond half of the day work­ing in the new­ly formed sub­com­mit­tees to fur­ther dis­cuss and pri­or­i­tize restora­tion activ­i­ties in the Bre­it­en­bush Water­shed.  The sub­com­mit­tees plan to meet sep­a­rate­ly to fur­ther dis­cuss project details  and fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for the projects iden­ti­fied. Rebec­ca McCoun, Coun­cil Coor­di­na­tor for the North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil will help facil­i­tate the sub­com­mit­tee meet­ings. If you are inter­est­ed in being on one or more of the  sub­com­mit­tees please con­tact Rebec­ca McCoun at (503) 930‑8202.

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April 2, 2015 Meet­ing Materials:

North San­ti­am For­est Col­lab­o­ra­tive Meet­ing Agenda_Final

Dis­cus­sion Top­ics for Break­out Groups — 4–2‑15

US For­est Ser­vice BW Map Roads_Trails

USFS Detroit Ranger Dis­trict Con­tact List

Link to Presentations


May 3, 2014
Pow­er Line Habi­tat Restora­tion Event in the Bre­it­en­bush Watershed


Click link to view accom­plish­ments:


April 23, 2014 North San­ti­am For­est Col­lab­o­ra­tive Meet­ing
(for­mer­ly called the Bre­it­en­bush Water­shed Stake­hold­er Collaborative)

US Forest Service BW Map Final

April 23, 2014 Meet­ing Mate­ri­als

Bre­it­en­bush Water­shed Projects Map

Poten­tial Project Dis­crip­tions

Project Interest/Commitment Sheet

April 23_2014 BWC Presentation 


Feb­ru­ary 12, 2014 Bre­it­en­bush Col­lab­o­ra­tive Stake­hold­er Meeting

Collaborative meeting - Gates 2-14-14

The North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with the US For­est Ser­vice held the sec­ond Bre­it­en­bush Water­shed Col­lab­o­ra­tive Stake­hold­er meet­ing on Feb­ru­ary 12th in Gates, Ore­gon. Staff from the For­est Ser­vice and the Coun­cil assist­ed with the facil­i­ta­tion of stake­hold­er dis­cus­sions focused on iden­ti­fy­ing, pri­or­i­tiz­ing and seek­ing fund­ing sources for ripe restora­tion projects in the Bre­it­en­bush Water­shed. Meet­ing atten­dees broke out into groups and worked togeth­er on answer­ing the fol­low­ing questions:

  • What do you or the group you rep­re­sent want to get out of being part of this collaboration?
  • Do you have iden­ti­fied goals (# of acres or miles to restore) in the Bre­it­en­bush Watershed?
  • Have you iden­ti­fied actions & strate­gies that will help you meet your goals and objectives?
  • Are you aware of any data gaps that need to be filled in order for you to move for­ward with project development?
  • Do you know of any exist­ing fund­ing sources avail­able that could assist the Bre­it­en­bush Col­lab­o­ra­tive in meet­ing its diverse restora­tion goals? Fund­ing sources can be cash and/or in-kind (exper­tise, time, labor and/or materials)?
  • Are there any oth­er groups that your group would need to/want to work close­ly with to ensure suc­cess in imple­ment­ing its’ restora­tion goals?
The above ques­tions were also sent out to stake­hold­ers who were unable to attend the Feb­ru­ary meeting.

Sep­tem­ber 18, 2013 For­est Col­lab­o­ra­tive Stake­hold­er Meet­ing & Tour


On Sep­tem­ber 18, 2013  the North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with the Detroit Ranger Dis­trict held the first Bre­it­en­bush Water­shed Col­lab­o­ra­tive Stake­hold­er meet­ing. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the local com­mu­ni­ty, spe­cial inter­est groups, tim­ber indus­try and staff from local, state, trib­al and fed­er­al agen­cies were invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate.  The US For­est Ser­vice Nat­ur­al Resource Spe­cial­ists pro­vid­ed the group with a tour of the Bre­it­en­bush Water­shed and pro­vid­ed infor­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tions on the nat­ur­al resource issues and concerns.

As part of the Col­lab­o­ra­tive devel­op­ment process indi­vid­u­als in atten­dance were asked: “What Bre­it­en­bush Water­shed nat­ur­al resource issues were impor­tant to them?”

The fol­low­ing is a list of top­ics iden­ti­fied by those in atten­dance:
Tim­ber Man­age­ment
Fire Man­age­ment
Spe­cial For­est Prod­ucts
Cul­tur­al Resource Pro­tec­tion
Water Qual­i­ty Recre­ation
Trans­porta­tion Sys­tems
Wildlife Habi­tat
Fish Habi­tat
Pow­er Lines
Inva­sive Species Man­age­ment
Ecosys­tem Processes


Con­tact Information:

If you have any ques­tions or would like to par­tic­i­pate in the North San­ti­am For­est Col­lab­o­ra­tive you may con­tact Rebec­ca McCoun, North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil Coor­di­na­tor at or (503) 930‑8202.