Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative (SOFRC) is the pivotal organization for Southwest Oregon forest restoration. We collaborate and coordinate with other regional NGOs, government, and business leaders to create successful restoration projects.
We identify and evaluate strategic opportunities, assess and develop projects, engage in multiparty monitoring, and produce analysis to guide policymaking. Our work also extends to Oregon’s fire and forestry-based curriculum for schools and workforce development.
In 2017, SOFRC and our partners released a framework for forest recovery in the region: the Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy—Rogue Basin Strategy for short. Six years in the making, this plan lays out a 20-year path to healthy forests across public and private lands.
project development and coordination,
developing working groups and zones of agreement.
Put to Practice
The Rogue Basin Strategy
The Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative engages with diverse constituencies on forest health and wildfire risk projects to support resilient landscapes, thriving communities, wood manufacturing, and workforce development.
Agencies & Organizations
Our success would not be possible without our valuable partners who provide funding, expertise and shared knowledge in support of our mission. We are grateful for their ongoing support.
SOFRC Board Members
Terry became executive director of SOFRC in March of 2019 after briefly serving as board president. As a forester and silviculturist for 33 years, she worked for the USFS Forest Service on the Mt. Hood, Willamette, and Umpqua national forests in a variety of positions including a short-term assignment as regional silviculturist, before transferring to the Bureau of Land Management in Medford in 2003.
During her career at the BLM, she worked on instituting stewardship contracting and agreements at the district and state levels. She helped form the Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) and was an early contributor to the development of the Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Strategy. When the BLM Western Resource Management Plan revision started, Terry guided the incorporation of dry and moist forest types into the development of the uneven-aged management strategy.
She received a B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Idaho in 1987, studied English at the University of Oregon, and attended Mt. Hood and Lane community colleges.
Jim retired from the Oregon Department of Forestry as their fire program analyst in 2005. He was the project lead on Oregon’s Communities At Risk Assessment and led the staff work on the implementation of the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act of 1997. During his 29 years with ODF, he worked in forest management, forest practices, and fire as both a forester and a manager. His fire experience has been primarily related to fire behavior, planning, and management. He served on state incident management teams for 20 years as a Fire Behavior Analyst, Situation Unit Leader and Planning Section Chief, and as an Air Attack Group Supervisor for the district. He was a member of the national Complex Incident Management (CIMC) cadre. Jim has a BS in Forest Management from Oregon State University.
Jim’s work spans in scale from local to state to regional. Locally, he has completed local and county-level CWPP risk assessments, coordinated two county CWPP efforts and a two-county local coordination group, and is assisting in development of landscape forest restoration assessment and strategy. At the state level, he contributed to the Oregon Wildfire and Poverty Report. Regionally, he recently completed his role as the agency project manager for the West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment, a project sponsored by the Council of Western State Foresters and Western Forestry Leadership Coalition.
Blair is a Presidential Field Forester and Fellow of the Society of American Foresters. He recently retired after 38 years of practicing Forestry in both private industry and government land management agencies while working in the forests of Northern Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Southern Oregon. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University.
Blair brings to the board career knowledge on the forest products industry, logging systems, biomass utilization, and agency stewardship contracting. While working for the BLM and USFS, he was responsible for developing, coordinating, and monitoring each agency’s biomass and stewardship programs, ensuring technical excellence in executing the programs, and integrating with other land management disciplines and objectives.
Blair has served in leadership positions on numerous local non-profit community and regional professional boards. Those boards include Southern Oregon University, United Way of Jackson County, Big Brothers, Mt. Ashland.
Marko is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Lomakatsi Restoration Project. Lomakatsi’s ten regional ecosystem restoration programs and associated workforce initiatives are a primary result of his work. Most essential has been his leadership in the orchestration and formation of collaborative partnerships — partnerships that are strengthened by a wide variety of stakeholders, including federal and state agencies, Native American tribes, organizations, private landowners, and community members.
Marko has 26 years of experience working in forestry and ecosystem restoration, from the ground up. He has worked throughout six western states and a variety of ecological communities, most extensively in the forests and watersheds of southern Oregon and northern California. Working locally, regionally, and nationally to advance the full spectrum of ecosystem restoration, green job creation, and forest-based community revitalization, Marko participates in a variety of strategic coalitions, committees, and interdisciplinary teams, both regionally and nationally.
Brian Ballou retired after a 20-year career with the Oregon Department of Forestry. He was a public information officer and a fire prevention specialist and was stationed for eight years at ODF’s headquarters in Salem, and 12 years at the Southwest Oregon District headquarters in Central Point. For seven of those years, Ballou was a lead information officer on one of ODF’s incident management teams. In 2015, Ballou received a Bronze Smokey Bear award for his service to wildland fire prevention in southwest Oregon.
Prior to joining ODF, Ballou was a seasonal firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, working on the Willamette, Siuslaw, Winema, and Rogue River national forests. He was also the founding editor of “Wildland Firefighter,” a trade magazine.
Darren serves as the Southwest Oregon Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy and has worked in the region since 1987. He collaborated on the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project, guiding the Conservancy’s partnership role there and in the Rogue Forest Partners. The Conservancy brings science to bear on project design, multi-party monitoring, community engagement, and a landscape approach. He coordinates the Rogue Basin Fire Learning Network and the Ashland Prescribed Fire Training Exchange. Darren secured grants to research and publish regional fire histories, and ongoing work on stand reconstructions. Darren has published on the ecology and botany of Southern Oregon, a biography of C.B. Watson, southern Oregon’s first conservationist, and is a co-author of the Rogue Basin Cohesive Forest Restoration Strategy. He earned both his B.S. and M.S degrees in biology and ecology at Western Washington University.
Chris represents the local Fire Chiefs Association on the SOFRC board and through them communicates with both Josephine and Jackson counties. An Ashland native, Chris has worked at Ashland Fire and Rescue since 2002. A graduate of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, Chris worked for the US Forest Service and BLM for 5 years in silviculture, fire, botany, and wildlife, and fisheries biology.
At Ashland Fire & Rescue, Chris coordinated National Fire Plan fire safety grants for 6 years, was a co-author of the 2004 Ashland Community Wildfire Protection Plan and 2005 Jackson County Integrated Fire Plan. He participated in the genesis and ongoing implementation of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project and led the formation of the Ashland Firewise and Fire Adapted Communities programs. He also coordinates the management of Ashland’s municipal forestlands. Chris works on a team of five western fire departments for the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Department Exchange program, or FDX, to help fire departments across the country develop or further wildfire safety programs.
Janelle is the executive director of the Applegate Partnership and Watershed Council. She began her career as an Oregon State Police, Fish & Wildlife Division Oregon Plan trooper and went on to be a consultant on wetland delineations and a fish passage project manager. As a leader of the Rogue Basin Coordinating Council (now Rogue Basin Partnership), she worked directly with Oregon’s natural resource agencies and the Rogue Basin watershed councils. Her passion is improving the conditions and coordinating the public use of Oregon’s rivers, streams, and natural resources. She earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and in Fisheries from Oregon State University and has been with APWC since 2010.
Greg was appointed Vice President for Finance and Administration at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in December 2017, where he oversees a broad range of campus operations and works closely with the university President on policy and operational issues. He oversees eight SOU departments: Business Services, Budget Office, Human Resources, Facilities Management and Planning, Campus Public Safety, Information Technology, Service Center, and University Housing.
Greg formerly led The Boeing Company’s Consolidated Facilities Operations and Maintenance (CFOAM) program, based in Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. He served in the public sector for over 34 years and was also a mission support senior officer in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in 2009.
Greg received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kent State University and a master’s in architectural engineering from Penn State University. He is a registered architect in California.