|Investments in longer-term, larger-scale activities |
The Partnership Investment Program is a means by which OWEB works closely with partners and utilizes a different process to invest in longer-term activities intended to result in larger-scale ecological outcomes. Ideally, a Partnership Investment contributes to a historic change or surge of progress in the recovery of a species, the restoration of an ecosystem, or the launching of an intitiative that addresses widespread issues.
Special Investment Partnerships (SIP)
The Special Investment Partnership (SIP) program
Partnerships have been established in the Upper Deschutes and Willamette basins. Additional SIPs are being considered.
The goal of the Deschutes SIP is to re-establish the stream flow, restore habitat, and re-establish extirpated salmon and steelhead runs in the Deschutes River and tributaries above the Round Butte Dam.
Willamette Special Investment Partnership
The main goal of the Willamette SIP is to restore the mainstem river's meanders, natural floodplains, and fish and wildlife habitats in order to slow floodwaters and allow the the river to interact with the land and plants around it. The Willamette SIP is built on a companion effort of the Meyer Memorial Trust who is an active funding partner and committed to increasing the pace of restoration in the Willamette basin.
Whole Watersheds Restoration Initiative (WWRI)
WWRI is a partnership with U.S. Forest Service, NOAA Fisheries, and Ecotrust that focuses funding on restoring land across public and private ownerships within priority watersheds.
EcoTrust and WWRI
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
CREP is a state and federal partnership that allows landowners to receive incentive payments and conservation rental payments from the USDA Farm Services Agency for establishing long-term riparian buffers on eligible land. In addition to providing partial funding to direct loandowner payments for conservation activities, OWEB has participated in providing funding for outreach, technical assistance and program coordination. The Oregon Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Resources have also assisted in CREP implementation and coordination.
OWEB has funded 11 grants from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013 that will provide funding for staff positions to assist landowners with conservation plan development and implementation, including the completion of Endangered Species Act and cultural resources reviews.
CREP Technical Assistance Grants