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Financial and Technical Assistance
Assistance is available to help forest, agricultural, commercial, and industrial landowners manage their properties to protect and restore healthy watersheds.
Forest landowners
The Oregon Department of Forestry´s Private and Community Forests Program promotes the enhancement of forest health, timber, fish and wildlife habitat, soil and water quality, recreation opportunities and aesthetics on private rural forestland, and in Oregon´s cities and communities. It provides forest landowners with technical assistance and information on financial incentives to help achieve these goals. Telephone ODF in Salem at 503-945-7414 to get the name of a local ODF contact who can assist you further.
Agricultural Landowners
Agricultural landowners´ best initial point of contact for finding out about the wide array of financial and technical assistance available to enhance the stewardship of their land is their local soil and water conservation district. Look in your local phone book under US Government, Agriculture Department, Natural Resources Conservation Service. You can also find your local conservation district on the website of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts or by telephoning OACD at (503) 566-9157. The Oregon Department of Agriculture´s Natural Resource Division can also be of assistance.
All landowners
Any individual, organization, local government, or institute of higher education may apply for funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for a wide range of activities that benefit watersheds and salmon. Visit OWEB´s website to learn more about how to apply for a watershed restoration grant or telephone OWEB in Salem at (503) 986-0178.
All Landowners
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has a number of programs that provide technical assistance and funding for private landowners wanting to do projects that benefit fish and wildlife. These programs include the Western Oregon Stream Restoration Program, the Landowner Incentive Program (LIP), the Riparian Lands Tax Incentive Program, the Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Program, the Restoration and Enhancement Program and the Access and Habitat Program. Information on these programs can be found on the ODFW website under the Fish Division and Wildlife Division sections.
Check this website for information on the Riparian Tax Incentive Program, the Landowner Incentive Program and the Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Program in the Wildlife Division. Check here for information on the Restoration and Enhancement Program in the Fish Division. This is the website for theAccess and Habitat Program in the Wildlife Division.
Wetland Restoration Grants
Activities such as: restoring diked, drained or filled former wetlands, creating new wetlands or enhancement of existing degraded wetlands are eligible for this grant program. Acquisition of land or easements may be eligible as long as wetland improvements are included activities, and the land is protected from adverse future uses. The money for these grant projects is from the Wetland Mitigation Revolving Fund. Applications from other programs (such as OWEB) can be used to apply for these funds.
Additional Information
Also visit the restoration resources page on this website for additional information.