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Oregon’s Oak: A Vanishing Legacy & Caretakers in Time

Two short films produced by Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund and AH Creative.

Photo by Keith Kohl
Western Pond Turtle
Photo by Keith Kohl
Tundra Swan
Photo by Keith Kohl
Western Fence Lizard
Photo by Keith Kohl

Oregon white oak and the oak community are one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the entire United States. More than 95% of the oak habitat is gone, compared to 150 years ago, making it important to protect these trees now.

Once the dominant habitat tree in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana) was managed for food by generations of Native Americans. Oak habitat also provides food and habitat for approximately 250 native wildlife species.

Today the amount of space is for these majestic trees is greatly diminished, threatened by population growth, land conversion, and encroachment of other vegetation due to lack of fire management. The majority of oaks are in private ownership. These landowners hold the fate of Oregon’s tree in their hands.

These two short films were produced with the hope that more private landowners will recognize the significance of these mighty oaks so that this tree will continue to represent our state, our history and our heritage.

These films were produced with funding and participation from:   Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund, Yamhill County Cultural Coalition, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of Trees, The Nature Conservancy, Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District, Yamhill Small Woodlands Association, Greater Yamhill Watershed Council, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Heritage Seedlings, and private donors. Filmed on locations in Yamhill and Marion Counties, Oregon in the fall of 2015.

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Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Contact List (pdf)
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The Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program

In 2010, the Bonneville Power Administration and the State of Oregon signed the Willamette River Basin Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Wildlife Habitat Protection and Enhancement. The Agreement established goals for mitigating the effects of the construction, inundation and operation of the Willamette River Basin Flood Control Projects in the Willamette Valley. Under the terms of the Agreement, Oregon and the BPA agreed to acquire at least an additional 16,880 acres of wildlife mitigation property to protect 26,537 acres (or more) by the end of 2025. Funding for the program comes from BPA’s electric ratepayers.

To accomplish this mitigation objective the parties established the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife .The Agreement also provides for the implementation of a long-term account to fund habitat maintenance for the program when the agreement expires. Learn more

For more information

Contact Laura Tesler, Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Coordinator,



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