Oregonians have an opportunity to make a positive difference to wildlife and native habitats as 45 percent of Oregon’s lands are privately owned. In some regions, such as the Willamette Valley and Columbia Basin, nearly all of the land is privately owned. Restoring and maintaining habitat on these lands is an essential part of the effort to conserve fish and wildlife, especially our sensitive species.
ODFW supports habitat improvement for wildlife conservation in a number of ways.
Educational Materials and Publications
Landowner Incentive Program funds are allocated by Congress to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for distribution to state fish and wildlife agencies. The money is used by the states for on-the-ground activities that enhance habitats or provide other benefits for at-risk species on private lands.
The Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Program allows that landowners that manage their properties for the benefit of wildlife may receive a property tax benefit. The Riparian Tax Incentive Program offers a property tax incentive to property owners for improving or maintaining qualifying riparian lands.
Organizations Promote Healthy Habitats
- The Oregon Habitat Joint Venture is a coalition of private conservation organizations working with government agencies to protect and restore wetlands and other important habitats for native fish and wildlife.
- The Woodland Fish and Wildlife Project is a cooperative effort between state and federal agencies and universities to provide information on fish and wildlife management to private woodland owners and managers. Organizations involved in this project have cooperatively produced publications that serve as practical guides to woodland owners.
- Master Gardeners, wildlife enthusiasts and ODFW work together to promote Naturescaping. Naturescaping provides habitat for native plants and animals and allows people to enter into a landscaping partnership with nature. A Naturescaped landscape eases yard maintenance, recreates vital ecosystems that provide clean water to local watersheds and protects wildlife from becoming threatened or endangered.