In 2010, “Oregon Field Guide” looked at an innovative project in Washington state focusing on sustainability programs in prison.

The project has since expanded to Oregon and other western states. In Oregon, the Institute for Applied Ecology in Corvallis is working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Oregon Department of Corrections to create a massive sagebrush growing program to rehabilitate land after wildfires and restore habitat for sage grouse.

“Oregon Field Guide” followed prisoners at the Snake River Correctional Institution as they grew and transplanted specially selected sagebrush seeds near Vale. These efforts kicked off a curated western sagebrush seed nursery designed to assist the BLM with future restoration efforts in eastern Oregon, as well as engage prisoners in ecology-based education and work.