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Lower Willamette Basin & North Coast Basin Structural Diversity in Forests

County or Counties: Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill.

Primary Resource Concern Addressed: INADEQUATE HABITAT FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE - Habitat degradation
 

Project Description

This Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) includes 7 counties. This strategy will assist landowners in restoring structural diversity to monoculture timber stands through the use of active management to thin stands, encourage healthy forest soils and to diversify species composition through planting. The focus area for this CIS includes high priority areas in each of seven counties, delineated by each county's District Conservationist, based on their local knowledge and input from Local Work Groups and Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Prioritization was based both on those forest sites that had the greatest ecological need for increased bio-diversity and areas that include non-industrial private forest landowners who are ready, willing and able to plan and implement forest bio-diversity practices. 

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Brush Management (314)
  • Conservation Cover (327)
  • Forest Management Plan - Written (106)
  • Forest Stand Improvement (666)
  • Woody Residue Treatment (384)
  • Herbaceous Weed Control (315)
  • Tree-Shrub Establishment (612)
  • Tree-Shrub Pruning (660)
  • Tree-Shrub Site Preparation (490)

Project Partners

  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • West Multnomah SWCD
  • East Multnomah SWCD
  • Clackamas SWCD
  • Marion SWCD
  • Polk SWCD
  • Marion SWCD
  • Yamhill SWCD
  • Tillamook SWCD
  • OSU Extension

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 project area located within the focus area, or priority one focus area, for the county? YES = HIGH PRIORITY
     
  2. If the county has two priority areas, is the project located within the priority 2 focus area? YES = MEDIUM PRIORITY
     
  3. Is the project located outside of a defined focus area for the county? YES = LOW PRIORITY

 

Ranking Question

Points

Is the application for a Forest Management Activity Plan to be developed by a TSP using EQIP funds? If yes, the rest of the questions are no. 450
Is the stand less than 25 years old and overstocked with a single species and planned practices will reduce stocking level to an appropriate density? 90
Will cut material (slash) remain on site and be cut to lay flat on the soil allowing for decomposition? 70
Are there signs of disease, or pests in the stand and planned practices will add diversity to the stand by planting species that are resistant to the disease or pest that is present? 50
Will the planned practices improve wildlife habitat quality by specifically addressing plant species diversity in the understory by planting 4 or more species of native trees or shrubs? 90
Will the planned practices improve wildlife habitat quality by specifically addressing plant species diversity in the understory by planting 4 or more species of native forbs or grasses on a minimum of 1-10 AC? 90
Will the planned practices address noxious and invasive weeds that compete with native understory vegetation in the stand? 60

Local Ranking Priority Breakdown:
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