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’s Soil and Water Conservation District
Periodically offers classes.
Central Oregon Environmental Center
Offers "Nature on the Rocks" classes in Bend.
Classes focus on organic gardening and landscaping with native plants.
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.
Sunriver Nature Center
Offers a Naturescaped demonstration garden and information resources.
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.
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East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Offers free workshops every spring and fall. Also features an annual native plant sale and an annual yard tour that showcases locations with naturescaped yards and stormwater management features.
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.
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.
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.
- 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).
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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.
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