The Collaborative first met in 2005 to increase public and agency support for forest restoration in Southwest Oregon. The group was made up of landowners, foresters, loggers, agency representatives, academics, environmentalists and community members. The group met for several years in a local living room and was known as the Knitting Circle, reflecting its informal, conversational origin. In 2010 the group became a 501c3, now known as the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative. SOFRC focuses on land managed by the Medford District Bureau of Land Management and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
To advance restoration, the Collaborative worked with diverse stakeholders to create Productive Harmony Guidelines, a set of ecological, social, and economic indicators for agencies and stakeholders to consult in project planning to achieve on the ground success. The Collaborative has also been instrumental in advancing regional landscape assessments of forest restoration need and opportunity. This work has helped build support for restoration and generated a number of high profile projects, including the BLM’s Pilot Joe Secretarial Pilot and Friese Camp Ecological Forestry Project.
SOFRC completed “The Rogue Basin Action Plan for Resilient Watersheds and Forests in a Changing Climate” in 2014. This collaboratively developed plan emerged from a partnership with the Model Forest Policy Program and the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest.