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Oregon's Wildlife & Fish Habitat
What can I do to improve fish & wildlife habitat?
Woodland owners in Oregon provide some key habitats for Oregon´s wildlife and fish. Often woodland owners´ objectives include enhancing and protecting fish and wildlife habitat. These goals are commonly integrated with other landowner objectives for woodland properties, such as healthy forests and recreation.
 
Private landowners can help make the difference for coastal coho (pdf) - OFRI publication


What type of assistance is available?
Technical assistance:
Local ODF stewardship foresters and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists can assist woodland owners with technical advice.


Educational assistance:
Oregon State University's (OSU) Woodland Fish and Wildlife Publications provide educational information on fish and wildlife habitat management to woodland owners. 
 

Financial assistance:
Tax incentives and grants are available to private and public landowners, businesses and governments to promote conservation of fish and wildlife habitats, and to ensure environmental protection standards. The grants are offered by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Wildlife Division Land Resources Program
 
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How can woodland owners help salmon?
Below is a quick list of actions woodland owners can take to help salmon, with easiest and least cost listed first:
  • Be an active member of your Watershed Council, to help create a good plan for your watershed.
  • Develop a Stewardship Plan for your property, to identify enhancement opportunities, and to create healthy, sustainable, diverse, and site appropriate forests.
  • Grass seed cutbanks, ditches, and exposed soils along roads, to prevent erosion and reduce sediment in streams.
  • Prevent water from diverting down roads and skid roads, to prevent surface erosion and slope failures.
  • Install cross-drain relief culverts and water bars along roads, to divert water to sediment-filtering forest floor.
  • Reduce fuel loads to reduce potential for catastrophic wildfire and resulting impact on the watershed.
  • Pull back steep road side cast material, to prevent mass soil movement into streams.
  • When wet, drive and haul only on rocked roads to minimize rutting and erosion.
  • Replace culverts that block fish passage, to allow fish to pass upstream.
  • Grow and retain large conifers in the riparian area, to provide future large wood for stream structure.
  • Place large wood and rocks in fish streams, to increase gravel retention, create pools, and improve fish habitat.
  • Create off-channel habitat (side channels) to enhance fish habitat.
  • Especially when considering work in or around streams, seek technical advice from your local stewardship foresterOSU extension agent, or ODFW biologist.
 

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