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Tillamook Watersheds Conservation Partnership

County: Tillamook

Primary Resource Concern Addressed: Aquatic habitat - Aquatic habitat for fish and other organisms

Project Description
The goal of the Tillamook Watersheds Conservation Partnership (TWCP) is to restore aquatic connectivity and increase the quality and quantity of suitable habitat for native migratory fish and wildlife, including Endangered Species Act listed Threatened Oregon Coast coho, within the Tillamook Bay, Nestucca, and Sand Lake watersheds. TWCP leverages a significant public - private partnership, the Salmon SuperHwy, to reconnect and improve habitat corridors at the landscape scale. Project objectives include the following: 1. Restore aquatic connectivity by implementing aquatic organism passage projects by removing in stream barriers, which will restore access for native migratory fish to spawning and rearing habitat and improve stream function. 2. Improve riparian condition by establishing and protecting trees and shrubs along the riparian corridor to provide stability, filtration, shade, and desirable habitat. Improved stream crossings will provide passage for aquatic and riparian dependent wildlife, and minimize flooding and road failures by allowing unrestricted flow during peak flows, reducing landowner maintenance. Improved riparian corridors will improve water quality through increased shading, stable streambanks, reduced sedimentation, and moderated runoff.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Aquatic Organism Passage (396)  
  • Open Channel (582)  
  • Channel Bed Stabilization (584)  
  • Streambank and Shoreline Protection (580)  
  • Obstruction Removal (500)  
  • Critical Area Planting (342)  
  • Structure for Water Control (587)  
  • Stream Crossing (578)  
  • Mulching (484)  
  • Access Road (560)  
  • Stream Crossing (578)  
  • Riparian Forest Buffer (391)  
  • Critical Area Planting (342)  
  • Riparian Herbaceous Cover (390)  
  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)  
  • Tree/Shrub Site Preparation (490)  
  • Fence (382)  
  • Herbaceous Weed Treatment (315)  
  • Filter Strip (393)  
  • Heavy Use Area Protection (561)  
  • Roof Runoff Structure (558)  

Project Partners

  • Trout Unlimited
  • Tillamook County Creamery Association
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Nestucca Neskowin Sand Lake Watersheds Council
  • Tillamook Estuaries Partnership
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Tillamook County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • NRCS Oregon
  • Private landowners

Application Questions

NRCS uses prioritization questions to evaluate applications for this initiative. See the list of workload prioritization questions on the Oregon EQIP page. Ranking questions below will also apply.

Ranking Questions

  1. Practice will address habitat modifications specific to ESA listed Salmonids.
  2. Practices will address goals of SSH i.e. multi species of concern and ecological processes in the - watershed with areas of interest such as riparian restoration and fish passage. 
  3. Culvert/Bridge projects are ranked as priorities in Salmon SuperHwy prioritization.

How to Apply
If you're interested in applying for this project, please contact:

Sarah Zwissler, Trout Unlimited
(503) 801-1865