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State Land Board Awards 2012
Stream Project Award
Whychus Creek Restoration at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve
Whychus Creek restoration before and after
The project restored 1.7 miles of Whychus Creek, which flows through the Deschutes Land Trust’s 150-acre Camp Polk Meadow Preserve near Sisters.
In the 1960s, channelization of the creek resulted in wetland loss, channel erosion and poor in-stream habitat for native fish. The restoration efforts provided a wide array of ecological benefits: high-quality habitat for red-band trout, Chinook salmon and steelhead; restored meadow hydrology; restored wetland and riparian habitat along the stream; channel connectivity; and reduced stream temperatures to meet state water-quality standards.
The project team was composed of the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council (project leaders), the Deschutes Land Trust (property owner), the Deschutes National Forest (technical expertise) and Bend consulting firm Aequinox. Substantial funding was provided by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

See news release for more information.
Wetland Project Award
Colewort Creek Wetland Restoration
Southern wetland area before and after
Located within the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park near Astoria, the project improved wetland functions within a 45-acre wetland complex.
Led by the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST), the project lowered the marsh plain and created more than 4,000 linear feet of new tidal channels. Another 1,500 linear feet of existing ditches were enhanced; more than 200 logs in wood habitat structures were placed throughout the site; and invasive reed canary grass was removed from 2.5 acres. Native seeding was applied to all disturbed areas.
A wide range of partners and volunteers helped with the project, including the National Park Service, youth from Warrenton High School and the Northwest Youth Corps, the North Coast Watershed Association, and the Bureau of Land Management.
The Astoria High School fisheries program plans to use the restored site for educational monitoring activities. In addition, visitors to the National Park site will enjoy a more historically accurate landscape, reflecting what the Lewis and Clark Expedition experienced in 1805-06.

See news release for more information.
Partnership Award
City of Portland Streamlining Team
​Portland-Milwaukie light-rail bridge under construction ​Completed floodplain restoration in Johnson Creek
This group of state and federal agencies works cooperatively to streamline processes for water-related permitting within the city. The team, who observed their 10th year in February 2013, is composed of the Department of State Lands, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife from the state; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the federal side; and the city's Bureau of Development Services.
Key benefits of the team’s work include:
·         Early review of project designs to reduce time and money for the project proponent
·         Earlier agreement among the agencies on project decisions
·         Better communication and coordination among the agencies on project decisions
·         A more holistic approach to problem solving among all parties
The Department of State Lands’ long-standing partnership with the Streamlining Team demonstrates how a cooperative, multi-agency approach to environmental permitting can greatly benefit applicants and the regulatory agencies. 
See news release for more information.
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