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Oak Woodland and Prairie Restoration

Counties: Benton, Lane and Linn

Primary Resource Concern Addressed: Degraded plant condition - Plant structure and composition

Project Description

The goal of the project is to enhance 1,000 acres of threatened oak habitats within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Conservation Opportunity Areas.  To restore and expand oak woodlands and savannas, invasive weed species must be suppressed, trees that compete with oaks must be controlled, and new plantings of oaks must be established and maintained to ensure their prosperity. This strategy focuses on these tasks, with the ultimate intention of revitalizing current oak populations and creating corridors to unite oak habitats that have previously been isolated. This will not only prevent the disappearance of Oregon White Oaks from their historic occupancy, but will improve the prospect of survival for many species that thrive in oak habitats.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Forest Stand Improvement (666)
  • Woody Residue Treatment (384)
  • Conservation Cover (327)
  • Brush Management (314)
  • Fence (382)
  • Heavy Use Area Protection (561)
  • Pipeline (516)
  • Watering Facility (614)
  • Herbaceous Weed Control (315)
  • Prescribed Grazing (528)
  • Forest Management Plan - Written (106)
  • Pumping Plant (533)
  • Wildlife Habitat Planting (420)
  • Water Harvesting Catchment (636)
  • Spring Development (574)

Project Partners

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs)
  • Watershed Councils
  • McKenzie River Trust

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.

Screening Questions

  1. Is the proposed project within the oak priority boundary and includes pollinator enhancement? HIGH
  2. Is the proposed project within the oak priority area? MEDIUM
  3. Does the proposed project address oak habitat, but is outside of the oak priority boundary? LOW

Ranking Questions

1. The property has an existing conservation plan outlining oak and prairie habitat improvements.
2. The property has existing legacy oaks?
3. Will invasive species be treated and replaced with native vegetation, including flowering plants that benefit native pollinators?
4. The project will provide connectivity to existing quality oak habitat?