McKenzie Rebuilds

McKenzie River Oregon

This project will help McKenzie River Valley communities prepare to rebuild in the wake of the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire. While there was a tremendous response from first responders and county residents after the onset of fire, the county says the fire’s aftermath has exacerbated several chronic issues in the area, including inadequate communication networks, aging and failing septic infrastructure, high levels of poverty, and a declining economy.

Despite the devastating impacts of the fire, the McKenzie community is resilient and realizes that this moment provides them an opportunity to rebuild in a better and more sustainable way to support recovery and a prosperous future. This project seeks to accelerate the rebuilding of homes and infrastructure lost to the fires so that residents can return home. The project also seeks to do so in a manner that protects the McKenzie River watershed, provides economic and educational opportunity for current and future residents, and delivers housing options for families and individuals at all income levels. Achieving these long-term outcomes will require substantial new resources, expanded local capacity, and collective action built on trust and a shared vision for the sixty-mile corridor.

Upcoming Meetings

Project team meeting
May 26, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
McKenzie school district’s new gym
51187 Blue River Drive
Finn Rock, Oregon 97488

To participate in the meeting online, contact Kristen Wright at kristen.wright@pdx.edu for the Zoom link.

Meeting Materials

January 27, 2022

January 20, 2022

December 16, 2021

December 2, 2021

November 18, 2021

October 28, 2021

September 23, 2021