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Oregon’s well-managed agricultural lands are the cornerstone of the state’s rural communities. They support valuable fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance other natural resources. Yet farms and ranches are increasingly challenged by fragmentation of farmland, conversion of farmland to non-farm uses, complex regulations, and planning for generational transfers.
The State Legislature established the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program (OAHP) in 2017 to help address these challenges. The program provides voluntary incentives to farmers and ranchers to support practices that maintain or enhance both agriculture and natural resources such as fish and wildlife on agricultural lands. OAHP was developed by a collaborative of organizations representing natural resource conservation and agriculture, including farmer and rancher representatives.
Please see the full announcement and public notice for the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program and send comments by 5pm, October 5, to Nellie McAdams.
OWEB and the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission are soliciting letters of interest from eligible entities for the OAHP working land conservation covenant and easement program. Please see the full announcement and the Solicitation of Interest Cover Letter and Application. Completed letters must be emailed by 5pm, September 14, to Nellie McAdams.
The first scheduled meetings of the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission are listed below, the primary purpose of which is rule-making for the Program. Written comment that is sent more than one week before a meeting will be shared with Commissioners in advance of that meeting. Written comments should be submitted to OAHP Coordinator Nellie McAdams. Each meeting will include time for in-person, oral public comment. Agendas and materials will be posted online as they become available.
Please direct questions, comments, or requests to OAHP Coordinator Nellie McAdams, 503-986-0061.
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