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Siletz Forest Strategy

County or Counties: Lincoln

Primary Resource Concern Addressed: Field sediment, nutrient and pathogen loss - Sediment transported to surface water

Project Description

This strategy addresses Tribal lands, farm land, and nonindustrial private forestland in the Siletz watershed seeking to improve water quality in the streams and rivers and conditions on forest and farm land.  This strategy was funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program in 2013-2017 scheduling treatment on forestland of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon, and has recently been expanded to include all nonindustrial private forest land and farm land within the focus area.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
  • Tree/Shrub Site Preparation (490)
  • Brush Management (314)
  • Herbaceous Weed Control (315)
  • Forest Stand Improvement (666)
  • Heavy Use Area Protection (561)
  • Fence (382)
  • Watering Facility (614)
  • Pipeline (516)
  • Roof Runoff Structure (558)
  • Pumping Plant (533)
  • Stream Crossing (578)
  • Conservation Cover (327)
  • Structure for Water Control (587)
  • Fish Passage (396)

Project Partners

  • Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians
  • Lincoln SWCD
  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council

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. If the land is within high priority areas designated by a Tribal resource management plan, the application is a high priority.
  2. If the land unit in the application is outside the geographic boundary of this CIS, the application is low priority.


Ranking Questions

1. Planned practices address the high priority (water quality degradation) and will result in reducing impairments from sediment.
2. Planned practices address the high priority (water quality degradation) and will result in reducing impairments from nutrients.
3. Planned practices address the second priority (forest stand composition) and will result in higher diversification of species, age class, and-or stand structure.
4. Planned practices will result in the maintenance of at least 75% tree canopy AND no ground disturbance within riparian buffer of at least 50' width, except for within existing roads and stream crossings.
5. Tree-shrub planting practice specifications include planting three or more species.