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Wildlife Friendly Travel Corridors

County: Gilliam, Wheeler, Umatilla

Primary Resource Concern Addressed: Terrestrial habitat - Terrestrial habitat for wildlife and invertebrates

Project Description
Increase permeability of fences for wildlife movement in elk and deer winter range in the Fossil and Heppner Wildlife Management Units to decrease wildlife damage to fences and allow for natural movement of wildlife. This area is a well-known travel corridor for both elk and mule deer, in addition this project will also benefit white-tailed deer, pronghorn, various upland birds, and small mammals. Conservation practices will replace woven wire fences with three or four strand barbed and smooth wire, add reflective fence markers to increase fence visibility, and use laydown or drop rail jump fence sections to create seasonal openings for migration.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Fence (382)
  • Obstruction Removal (500)
  • Structures for Wildlife (649)
  • Prescribed Grazing (528)
  • Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)

Project Partners

  • Morrow Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • NRCS Oregon
  • Private landowners

Local EQIP Ranking Questions
NRCS uses these questions to evaluate eligible applications for this project and to prioritize applications for potential funding. State and national ranking questions also apply. See more information on the EQIP program page.

Ranking Questions

  1. With what kind of fence is the applicant replacing woven wire fence? 
  2. Is the applicant’s project located within one mile of a perennial stream used as an elk or deer parturition area identified by ODFW? 
  3. Is the applicant’s project located within 1 mile of the high traffic priority layer? 
  4. Is the land offered for enrollment located within the priority winter range for deer and elk in Morrow, Gilliam or Wheeler Counties?