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Naturescaping: Resources


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Naturescaping - An easy to use guide with essential Naturescaping details.

Naturescaping book

In its third edition, with 204 pages, ODFW's Naturescaping book contains information for both novices and advanced landscapers. Reference materials in the book include site plans for different yard sizes, tables on native plants and animals, easy-to-use diagrams for building backyard features and quick-tips to get started. Call: 503-947-6000 to order.

Many community organizations, nurseries and programs in Oregon offer opportunities to learn more about Naturescaping. A list of Oregon resources is given below. ODFW welcomes corrections and suggestions for additional resources.

Clackamas County

Clackamas County’s Soil and Water Conservation District
Periodically offers classes.
503-222-7645, x107

Deschutes County

Central Oregon Environmental Center
Offers "Nature on the Rocks" classes in Bend.
Classes focus on organic gardening and landscaping with native plants.
info@envirocenter.org
541-385-6908

Winter Creek Restoration
Offers classes and workshops focused on decreasing water and energy use.
Works in partnership with the city of Bend and the Central Oregon Environmental Center.
541-948-0661
winterfarmsinc@aol.com

Sunriver Nature Center
Offers a Naturescaped demonstration garden and information resources.
541-593-4394

Lane County

Eugene’s Stream Team
Offers classes in the spring.
Provides volunteer opportunities in a native plant nursery and with salvage projects and seed collection.
Sponsored by the city of Eugene’s Parks and Open Space Division.
541-682-4850
lorna.j.baldwin@ci.eugene.or.us

Diamond Lake
Fall Creek at OHRC
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-

Multnomah County

Naturescaping for Clean Rivers
Offers classes in the spring and fall.
A joint partnership between Portland's Environmental Services and Multnomah County's Soil and Water Conservation District.
503-823-2862
watershedcenter@attglobal.net

Metro Natural Gardening Program
Offers classes in the spring and fall on composting, organic soil preparation and attracting beneficial insects.
Participants must be Multnomah, Clackamas or Washington County residents.
503-797-1811

Statewide

4-H Wildlife Stewards
Offers four training per year: October, November, February and April.
Teaches parent volunteers how to install education habitat sites on school grounds.
503-371-7920

National

Environmental Protection Agency
Offers Naturescaping information through promotion of EPA's "Beneficial Landscaping" project. The project provides a wide range of information about landscaping practices that yield environmental, economic and aesthtic benefits.

Tax Incentive - Learn more in your community.

Individuals who Naturescape may be eligible for a tax incentive through two types of programs offered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

Bridge Creek Wildlife Area
Bridge Creek Wildlife Area
Oregon Fish and Wildlife

1. Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Program

Landowners with property zoned for exclusive farm, mixed farm/forest or forest use are eligible for the Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Program. If the property is managed for wildlife habitat, some landowners can receive a property tax benefit.

In 1997, the Oregon Legislature created the Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Program to encourage landowners to protect and enhance wildlife habitat on private lands. Administered by the ODFW, the program rewards landowners for becoming wildlife stewards. As of 2003, 14 counties are participating in the program and taking new applicants.

For more information contact your local ODFW wildlife biologist.

2. Riparian Lands Tax Incentive Program

Landowners who work with ODFW to draw up a management plan to protect riparian areas on their property may qualify for a property tax exemption when they agree to implement the measures described in the plan.

The Riparian Tax Incentive Law was passed in 1981 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly declared that “it is in the best interest of the state to maintain, preserve, conserve and rehabilitate riparian lands to assure the protection of the soil, water, fish and wildlife resources of the state for the economic and social well-being of the state and its citizens."

Contact your local ODFW fish biologist for more information.

Contact Us - Need more information? ODFW.info@state.or.us


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