Dry Forest Zone


About the Dry Forest Zone

The Dry Forest Zone (DFZ) project fosters sustainable forest stewardship at a regional scale across 15 counties in central and eastern Oregon and northern California. This area has challenging market conditions, high levels of poverty and unemployment, and dry forests with fire regimes departed from historical range of variability. Project goals are to:

  1. Create multiple value streams from land management and incentives for forest restoration and stewardship;
  2. Develop integrated biomass utilization and renewable energy;
  3. Build strong local nonprofit organizations and collaborative processes to achieve forest and economic resilience;
  4. Create the policy conditions to support sustainable forest stewardship on public and private lands; and
  5. Document and communicate lessons locally, regionally, and nationally.

To learn more about the DFZ, please visit the project page at: http://dryforestzone.org/

Project partners:

Sustainable Northwest (project leaders)
Wallowa Resources
Watershed Research and Training Center


DFZ-supported projects

EWP faculty responsibility on this project includes assessment, monitoring, and capacity and policy-related work.

Final Monitoring Report

Final map packet of DFZ conditions (for previous years, see "mapping" below)

Midterm Monitoring Report

Community-based natural resource management and capacity

Federal investment in natural resource management and economic development

Biomass utilization and community benefits


Assessment and monitoring



EWP used its monitoring information to develop a mid-term report on the DFZ project. This report reviews trends, learning, and challenges associated with implementing DFZ strategies from 2009-2012. Read the mid-term report here.

To better understand conditions at the start of the project and create a baseline for future monitoring, EWP led a team assessment between October 2009 and January 2010.

Download The State of the Dry Forest Zone briefing paper here (688 KB)

Download the full report here (9.5 mb) or select a section below:

Executive Summary and Introduction (373 kb)

Chapter One: The Context of the Dry Forest Zone (3.4 mb)

Chapter Two: Land Management (956 kb)

Chapter Three: Woody Biomass Utilization (888 kb)

Chapter Four: Community and Organizational Capacity (804 kb)

Chapter Five: Policy (352 kb)

Chapter Six: Subregional Perspectives (2.3 mb)