Habitat Conservation Program
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How we help landowners with habitat conservation:
Boulders assist fish passage on Plentywater Creek culvert.
Important Habitats in Washington County
Washington County is home to many important habitats and vital resources. Our creeks, streams, wetlands, and the Tualatin River provide habitat for fish and wildlife, drinking water, irrigation water, and recreation opportunities.
Our forests contain a wealth of timber resources and provide food, water, and shelter for animals. Our oak woodlandsOak Woodlands A mix of oak trees and shrubs. and prairies are important remnants of a habitat that was once widespread throughout the Willamette Valley. Today, they are home to several threatened plant and animal species.
Private landowners have an important role in habitat conservation:
Many habitats and resources exist on private properties, making landowners essential in the effort to conserve them. We have a long history of working closely with farmers and rural landowners to improve habitat and water quality while still meeting individual land-use goals such as farming, grazing, timber harvesting, and recreation.
Our collaboration with landowners has improved water quality and increased total habitat area. We accomplish this through a variety of actions, including:
How we can help:
We provide financial incentives to encourage you to participate in our streamside tree planting programs. Our staff provide planning services and oversee the crews that complete the work.Streamside Planting Programs
- Managing goals
We will visit your property to discuss your land-use goals and suggest ways to achieve them by managing water, soils, and wildlife habitat
- Focus on important habitats
We provide recommendations for conserving important habitats, including wetlands, forests, and oak woodlands and prairies.Important Habitats
We coordinate community-scale restoration projects to create migratory corridors between smaller parcels of fish and wildlife habitat.
- Attend a workshop
We host workshops and tours to educate the public about habitat conservation practices, water quality, and water conservation.Find a Workshop