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Oregon Plan for Salmon & Watersheds
Mission
"Restoring our native fish populations and the aquatic systems that support them to productive and sustainable levels that will provide substantial environmental, cultural, and economic benefits."
 
This is the mission of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, an initiative all Oregonians can join to help restore healthy watersheds that support the economy and quality of life of Oregon. Agriculture, forestry, recreation, fisheries, and industry all need healthy watersheds, along with every person and community in Oregon. The Plan has a strong focus on salmon because they have such great cultural, economic and recreational importance to Oregonians - and because they are important indicators of watershed health.
 

Background
During the 1997 legislative session, the Oregon Legislature passed into law the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds (OPSW). The initiative outlined a conservation plan for protecting and improving salmon and salmon habitat. Although the plan was initially tailored to address coho  concerns, it has evolved to address other species throughout Oregon. As such, policies therein apply to the entire state of Oregon.
 
During the process of drafting the Oregon Plan, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) described nine critical elements of a conservation plan. Five of those elements relate directly to monitoring. The monitoring component of the Oregon Plan requires significant coordination. An OPSW monitoring team was formed in 1995 to coordinate and integrate monitoring approaches among agencies. Together these agencies are monitoring status and trends of fish and fish habitat and program implementation and effectiveness.
 

Coastal Coho Assessment
The State of Oregon and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) engaged in a collaborative project to address the conservation of coastal coho on the Oregon Coast.
 

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Additional Links & Information
 
Private Forest Landowners and the Oregon Plan - Oregon Plan Actions for Landowners, by Landowners - A guide to voluntary actions to assist threatened and endangered fish. Author: Jo Morgan; published February 2012 by the ODF, Private Forests Division

Private landowners can help make the difference for coastal coho (pdf) - OFRI publication
 
Oregon Plan for Salmon & Watersheds (OPSW)
 
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)
 
Forest Practices Committee on Salmon & Watersheds (FPAC)
 
Eastside Riparian Functions Advisory Committee (ERFAC)

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