Landowner Resources

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) Grants

Who is eligible: Anyone

Program:
Provides funding for technical assistance, education, monitoring and watershed restoration projects; restoration project types include upland erosion control, grazing management, vegetation management, riparian area enhancement, channel and bank alteration, fish passage improvement, stream habitat enhancement, in-stream water enhancement, estuarine enhancement/restoration and wetland enhancement. Requires 25% non-OWEB match (cash or in-kind). Projects with support from diverse public and private parties are preferred.


Contact: OWEB (503) 986-0178

Website: http://www.oregon.gov/OWEB/GRANTS/pages/index.aspx
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) Small Grants

Who is eligible: Anyone

Program:
Allows local decision making about restoration projects, and enables local teams (made up of soil and water conservation district, watershed, council, and tribal representatives) around Oregon to award small restoration project grants of up to $10,000 for eligible projects. Requires 25% non-OWEB match (cash or in-kind). Funds are disbursed from OWEB through local team member grantees for projects.

Contact: Bev Goodreau (503) 986-0187

Websites:
Program information:
http://www.oregon.gov/OWEB/GRANTS/pages/smgrant_main.aspx
Watershed Council Contacts:
http://www.oregon.gov/OWEB/pages/watershed_council_contacts.aspx
Soil and Water Conservation Districts:
http://www.oacd.org/map.shtml
Oregon State University Extension Services

Who is eligible: Anyone

Program:
OSU Extension Service shares a research knowledge base from the University to people who need it, and provides leadership and direction to Oregonians which helps them apply the knowledge to solve problems around the state. The Extension Service offers workshops, coordinates research projects, and provides advice.

Contact: Forestry Extension (541) 737-1727
Website: http://extensionweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu
Contact: Agricultural Extension (541) 737-2331
Website: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/extension
Contact: Watershed Extension
Website: http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/watersheds-and-water-resources
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs)

Who is eligible: Any Landowner

Program:
SWCDs promote the conservation and wise use of Oregon's natural resources in accordance with the needs of the people while maintaining a quality environment and productive economy through technical assistance.

Contact: Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Website:
Washington County http://www.swcd.net
Clackamas County http://conservationdistrict.org
Multnomah County http://www.wmswcd.org
Tualatin Basin - "Enhanced" Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Who is eligible: Landowners along the Tualatin River or perennial tributaries (in both cases above Durham or Tualatin River Mile 9.0)

Program:
Program increases rental payment provided by CREP which requires a 35' minimum buffer width. Other potential payments are for conservation easements, lease or transfer of water rights, and large parcel or neighboring parcel bonuses. Provides for removal of undesirable stream-bank plants, and encourages rural landowners to plant trees for shade along streams to keep the water cooler helping fish and wildlife. Must also sign up for CREP (riparian forest buffer practice).

Contact: Autumn Bryant (503) 648-3174 Ext. 111 autumn.bryant@or.nacdnet.net

Website: Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District http://www.swcd.net
Tualatin Basin Vegetated Buffer Areas for Conservation and Commerce (VEGBACC)

Who is eligible: Landowners along the Tualatin River or perennial tributaries (in both cases above Durham or Tualatin River Mile 9.0) and outside the urban growth boundary

Program:
For landowners who don't qualify for CREP or prefer more flexibility over higher benefits, a conservation plan is developed for a vegetated buffer at least 20' wide. Planting materials and removal of undesirable stream-bank plants are provided by the program, and plantings must be maintained for five years by landowner or with help from the district. Other potential payments are for conservation easements, lease or transfer of water rights, and large/neighboring parcel bonuses. Program is designed to allow landowners to generate income from their conservation efforts.

Contact: Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
Autumn Bryant (503) 648-3174 Ext. 111
autumn.bryant@or.nacdnet.net

Website: http://www.swcd.net
Riparian Lands Tax Incentive Program

Who is eligible:
Landowners with land zoned for forestry or agricultural use outside the adopted urban growth boundary (UGB) containing riparian land, or met these criteria as of July 1, 1997. Owners within the UGB may qualify if cities are participating
Program:
To maintain, preserve, conserve, and rehabilitate riparian lands assuring protection of the soil, water, fish, and wildlife resources for the economic and social wellbeing of the state and its citizens, landowners and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sign a riparian management plan and agreement. Landowners receive a complete property tax exemption for the riparian property up to 100' from the stream

Contact: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)
Patty Snow (503) 947-6089

Website: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/tax_overview.asp
Naturescaping for Clean Rivers

Who is eligible: Everyone

Program:
Attend a series of workshops to learn about naturescaping, a way of landscaping property with native plants to minimize pesticide and fertilizer use, and maximize watering efficiency while providing healthy habitat for wildlife. Native plantings and design help to increase water quality since pollutant-carrying sediment is carried into waterways by runoff. Learn what a naturescaped design looks like and the process involved, as well as how to design and implement your very own naturescape at home. Advanced registration is required by 6:00 pm on the Thursday before the workshop.
Contact:East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Website: http://www.emswcd.org/naturescaping
Clean Water Services

Who is eligible:
Anyone who lives or is undertaking a project that directly benefits the people or resources within the Clean Water Services' district area

Program:
Clean Water Hero Program - Up to three hours of free technical assistance to help residents create a rain-friendly landscape in their yards
Website: http://www.cleanwaterservices.org/Residents/JoinTheCycle/InYourYard/Hero/default.aspx

Program:Streamside Stewardship for property owners - Residents who live within 100 feet of a stream or wetland in the Tualatin Basin are eligible for 20 free native plants per year. Other residents are eligible for five free plants per year.
Website: http://www.cleanwaterservices.org/Residents/JoinTheCycle/InYourCommunity/TreeForAll/Homeowners.aspx

ProgramCommunity Planting Events - Community and volunteer groups in the Tualatin Basin can check out the Watershed Wagon, a mobile trailer full of tools for planting projects. Contact Clean Water Services at (503) 681-3600
Website: http://www.cleanwaterservices.org/Residents/JoinTheCycle/InYourCommunity/WatershedWagon.aspx
Technical Assistance for Small Woodlands Owners

Who is eligible: Small Woodlands Owners

Program:
Provides technical assistance for small woodland owners who request onsite assistance from their local stewardship forester for guidance on insect and disease issues, reforestation and young growth management, financial incentives, and other forest related topics and resources.

Contact: Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Website:http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/Pages/index.aspx
Private and Community Forests (PCF) Program

Who is eligible: Private and Community Forest Owners

Program:
Assists with the enhancement of current and future natural resources by promoting stewardship and providing leadership, information, technical assistance, incentives, and regulations. Program is the clearinghouse for all Oregon Department of Forestry programs for private and community forest owners.

Contact: Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Website:http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/Pages/index.aspx
Oregon Woodlands Assistance

Who is eligible: Small Woodland Owners

Program:
Helps small woodland owners find private sources of technical assistance by searching a database.

Contact: Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

Website:http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/findforester.aspx
Woodland Workbook - Incentive Program for Resource Management and Conservation

Who is eligible: Forest Owners

Program:
Assists landowners in understanding what programs are available, including incentive programs for forest conservation

Contact: Oregon State Extension Service

Website: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/18884/ec1119.pdf
Forest Stewardship Program (FSP)

Who is eligible:
Non-industrial private forest owners with more than 10 acres and a commitment to active management and stewardship for at least 10 years
Program:
Provides technical assistance to encourage and enable active long-term forest management to provide many benefits for landowners and society now and in the future. Landowners develop Forest Stewardship plans that give information and strategies to manage and sustain their forest. Up to 75% of the cost to develop the plan is covered.

Contact: USDA Forest Service
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/fsp.shtml

Contact: National Association of State Foresters
Website: http://www.forestactionplans.org

Contact: National Association of State Foresters, Oregon
Website: http://www.forestactionplans.org/states/oregon
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