Conservation Incentive Programs
The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District administers a variety of conservation incentive programs for private land owners at http://www.swcd.net/. Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife also provides incentives for landowners to protect habitat or riparian areas.
Riverfront property owners and Tualatin Riverkeepers members Neil and Ardis Schroeder received a small grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) to restore their property along the Tualatin River for clean water and wildlife habitat. Prior to the start of their project, the Schroeder’s property was infested with weeds such as Himalayan blackberry, which at its highest reached 30 feet.
To access the river from their home, they had to walk on road on the adjacent neighbor’s property. The Schroeder’s hired Ash Creek Forest Management to design and implement the restoration project. In March, a group of volunteers from Tualatin Riverkeepers as well as the Schroeder’s and their friends planted native trees and shrubs to complete the project. You too can help restore the Tualatin River watershed by hosting a restoration project on your property. Information and applications for OWEB small grants are available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OWEB/Pages/index.aspx