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Stewardship Agreements
A stewardship agreement is a voluntary written plan, with authority designated within state statutes, where a landowner agrees to meet the natural resource protection standards of the Oregon Forest Practices Act through alternate practices.
 
Stewardship Agreements were authorized by the 2006 Oregon legislature. The legislative change recognized that in a time of dynamic change in scientific information and social values, improvements to fish and wildlife habitat and water quality cannot succeed through laws and government actions alone. The program was developed to enhance what the legislature described as a characteristically Oregonian “spirit of volunteerism and stewardship”.
 
The program provides incentives for landowners who voluntarily meet and exceed regulatory requirements to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. Landowners and the State Forester work collaboratively to create long term agreements that consider natural resource conservation and routine forest management from a property wide perspective, rather than at the scale of single projects.
 

Safe Harbor Agreements
 
The Safe Harbor Agreement is a coordinated effort among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Landowners who enter into the Safe Harbor Agreement will be able to develop or conserve spotted owl habitat, with the assurance that if the property eventually attracts owls, timber harvest or other activities could continue, as long as the land is managed to provide a net conservation benefit to the species.  The agreement is intended to encourage landowners to pursue conservation values while also deriving the economic return they need to continue to manage their land for a range of benefits. The 'certificate of inclusion' for the Safe Harbor Agreement is the approval of a stewarship agreement between the landowner and the Oregon Department of Forestry.
 

Healthy Forest Reserve Program
 
Healthy Forest Reserve Program is a voluntary conservation program under the 2008 Farm Bill established for the purpose of restoring and enhancing forest ecosystems. This program is managed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. In Oregon, the focus of this program is to support private forest landowners to manage their land for sustainable, profitable timber harvests while promoting habitat for the threatened northern spotted owl.  Participating landowners will receive assurances under the Safe Harbor Agreement and are compensated for enrolling forests in permanent easements and agreeing to manage those lands using sustainable forest practices.
 
For additional information regarding assistance from the NRCS contact your local USDA Service Center or visit www.or.nrcs.usda.gov.

Stewardship Agreements
 
Landowners seeking information about potentially entering in to a stewardship agreement should contact Paul Clements with ODF's Western Lane District at 541-935-2283.
 
Questions about stewardship agreements from the public can be answered by ODF’s Agency Affairs Office.