The Access and Habitat Program (A&H) is an incentive based program aimed at improving wildlife habitat and public hunting access on Oregon’s private lands. The A&H Program’s motto, “Landowners and Hunter Together for Wildlife,” conveys the program’s basic mission to foster partnerships between landowners and hunters for the benefit of the wildlife they value. Funding for the A&H Program is generated through the auction/raffle of special big game tags and a $2 surcharge on hunting licenses. A&H Program funds are used on a wide range of habitat projects, including wetland restoration, forest stand improvement, riparian area protection, wildlife forage seeding, controlled burns, water development, juniper removal, and noxious weed control.
The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration also known as the Pittman-Robertson (PR) program supports the operation and maintenance of 14 major wildlife areas across the state. Two additional wildlife areas funded by license dollars are also managed by this program and together the 16 areas encompass approximately 200,000 acres where over 2 million recreational use-days are recorded annually. The program also supports seven regional habitat programs designed to provide technical assistance to public land managers and private landowners to enhance and protect wildlife habitats on public and private lands across the state.
The Western Oregon Stream Restoration Program (WOSRP) provides direct technical support to Watershed Councils and private landowners in western Oregon to implement Oregon Plan measures directing the restoration and enhancement of Oregon’s salmonid habitats in the region. This includes projects to increase instream habitat complexity by adding large wood or boulders, enhancing riparian areas by protection or planting, and correcting fish passage problems. The program is the continuation of the productive public-private partnership, which has been ongoing since 1995.
Native prairies are now among the rarest of North American ecosystems, covering less than one percent of their historical range. The Grassland Program was established to support implementation of the Oregon Conservation Strategy with specific emphasis on restoring and conserving native prairie habitats in the Willamette Valley and reversing the decline of associated grassland species, such as threatened songbirds. This program provides technical assistance to land managers and private landowners and facilitates activities necessary to prevent further declines of populations of Strategy species that rely on intact grasslands. Willamette Valley Grassland Program.
The ODFW Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program was created to manage the funds dedicated to the State of Oregon by the Bonneville Power Administration for wildlife habitat mitigation in the Willamette Valley. The agreement requires a substantial investment in wildlife and fish habitat restoration over the next 15 years. ODFW Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program.
Habitat Resources Program
The Habitat Resources Program provides guidance for land-use activities in Oregon that affect fish and wildlife habitats. These recommendations are provided to the state, federal and local agencies charged with regulating these activities. ODFW recommendations are based on the Fish and Wildlife Habitat Mitigation Policy. State laws requires other agencies to seek ODFW recommendations on how to best maintain, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat during development actions. The Fish and Wildlife Habitat Mitigation Policy directs how the agency evaluates proposed projects and responds when making recommendations to other local, state and federal agencies.
The Habitat Resources program offers technical assistance, tax incentives and grants to private and public landowners, businesses and governments to help conserve fish and wildlife habitats, and to ensure environmental protection standards are met: The program provides:
- Technical advice and assistance to local, state and federal agencies regarding land-use activities and proposed developments
- Technical expertise to other natural resource agencies on removal-and-fill actions, energy facility siting, mining, transportation and forest management issues
- Statewide consistency and application of natural resource protection statutes
- Coordination of ODFW’s responses to hazardous material spill events that affect fish, wildlife, or habitat, and obtain compensation for damages under state or federal Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) statutes.