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Cascade Forest Conservancy

Project: Young Friends of the Forest program

Year: 2019 Grant Amount: $12,000 Location: Portland, OR

This program brings under-served middle and high school students on exciting stewardship trips in the Cascades. In 2020, we aim to lead 15 field days with 9 schools and community organizations, serving at least 220 students.

On one- or two-day outings, students in our program learn about forest ecology, take part in restoration projects, and collect information that is used for real forest and wildlife management efforts of Cascade Forest Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service.

Deschutes River Conservancy

Project: Deschutes Water Planning Initiative

Year: 2013 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Bend, OR

The Deschutes Water Planning Initiative is a collaborative process to restore streamflows in the Upper Deschutes River by creating a long-term management plan that reallocates water to the river while meeting agricultural and municipal needs.   The DRC’s goal is to restore 300 cubic feet per second to the reach, meeting the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s instream water right and flow target.  Through the collaborative development of water supply options and water management scenarios, the DRC and its partners will negotiate a water management agreement to restore the Upper Deschutes River while meeting needs of existing water users.

Deschutes River Conservancy

Project: Deschutes Basin Water Collaborative

Year: 2020 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Bend, OR

The Collaborative will accelerate implementation of water supply projects to meet river and community water needs. This grant will support the staff capacity to coordinate, facilitate and provide technical support to the Collaborative.  The immediate goal is to develop a Framework Plan that will allow the group to address immediate barriers to implementation like policy and funding issues.

Farmers Conservation Alliance

Project: Advancing Irrigation Modernization in the Deschutes River and tributaries

Year: 2018 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Hood River, OR

The proposed activities will help to save billions of gallons of water per year, reduce energy use for 1,349 landowners across 13,704 acres, and restore streamflow to 227 miles of the Deschutes River and its tributaries.  Grant funds will be used for project management, coordination with stakeholders, measurement, evaluation and reporting on the environmental, agricultural, and economic benefits of the large-scale projects Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA) is undertaking in the watershed.


Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Project: Community Stewardship of the Gorge

Year: 2022 Grant Amount: $40,000 Location: Portland, OR

Friends’ protects, preserves, and conserves the 293,000 acres of the Columbia
River Gorge National Scenic Area. We connect thousands to the Gorge through public education, land stewardship, and recreational opportunities.

Midcoast Watersheds Council

Project: Education Program and Operational Support (2 years)

Year: 2022 Grant Amount: $30,000 Location: Newport, OR

We work on Oregon’s central coast. Our education work focuses on high school students, including in rural school districts, tribal students, and the public. Our restoration work is with landowners in priority areas.

North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council

Project: Boardman Creek - Willamette River Confluence Salmon Habitat Project

Year: 2021 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

We will restore habitat at the Boardman Creek /Willamette confluence, a critical stopover for all salmon and steelhead migrating through the Willamette Basin. We will create logjams, rearing habitat, natural pool function, and cold-water refuge.

North Fork John Day Watershed Council

Project: North and Middle Fork John Day River Watershed Resource and Community Support

Year: 2021 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Long Creek, OR

This grant directly supports health and function of 2,600² mile of the North and Middle Fork John Day River watersheds and the rural communities within, through restoration, monitoring, literacy and stewardship services.

Oregon Environmental Council

Project: Rural Partnerships Initiative in the Umatilla River basin

Year: 2018 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

This project benefits low-income residents in the Umatilla River basin (Oregon’s “bread basket”) who face serious water contamination, and local economic development efforts that currently lack reliable water resources.

As part of a broader effort to build bridges of understanding and collaboration between urban and rural Oregon around environmental concerns, OEC’s Rural Partnership Initiative is working with local stakeholders to address serious water quality and OEC will be developing a science-based strategy to improve water quality and water supply and related pilot projects in specific locations within the Umatilla basin. The lessons learned in this project will also help improve other state agency programs to restore water quality and supply in at least four other areas that state officials have designated for particular attention due to water quality or water supply issues.


Oregon Environmental Council

Project: Oregon Water Summit 2016

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR

This grant will allow a core group of farmers, environmentalists, utilities and state agency officials to convene to identify shared goals for improving water quality and managing water supply, develop a shared understanding of the science, and build relationships for overcoming conflict in preparation for bringing the current situation of serious water resource challenges and strategies to address them to a broader audience of community stakeholders in early 2016.

Oregon Wildlife Foundation

Project: Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund In Memory of Bob Toman

Year: 2020 Grant Amount: $5,000 Location: Portland, OR

Funds from this request will help establish the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund; a funding mechanism for conservation that doesn’t rely exclusively on hunting and fishing fees. This is part of a matching grant for $1 million public funds.  The Soliciting director that this grant be made in memory of Bob Toman.

Pacific Rivers Council

Project: Conserving Aquatic Resources on O&C Lands in Western Oregon

Year: 2014 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

Informing the public debate regarding the potential negative effects from reductions in river protections, building support for addressing restoration needs and funding, and establishing permanent protection for rivers in our most treasured watersheds.  These efforts serve all Oregonians who either derive their drinking water from many of Oregon’s most iconic watersheds, or who value these rivers for the immeasurable benefits they provide.

Pacific Rivers

Project: Salmon-Safe Timber

Year: 2019 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

Funding will support development of the land management standards, a market analysis, and outreach and coordination with tribes, the Forest Stewardship Council and other forest management groups to create a Salmon-Safe Timber Certification program.

Our goal is to expand sustainable forest management practices by creating a green label for wood products that appeal to landowners, builders, manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

The Freshwater Trust

Project: Conserving Streamflow in Eastern Oregon

Year: 2016 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

Funding will support 1) Conservation of significant streamflow in eastern Oregon via partnerships with agricultural landowners and 2) Feasibility study to identify new conservation opportunities in the Catherine Creek watershed.

The Freshwater Trust

Project: Scalable Tools for Freshwater Restoration

Year: 2015 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR

Funding will enable the exploration of web-based platforms and standardized tools that will support the deployment of recently developed tools, protocols and methodologies that better account for the water quality impacts of land uses, model the restoration potential of improvement projects, prioritize projects with maximal environmental benefit, and monitor long-term results of completed projects.  These scalable tools will help to truly address the needs of our freshwater ecosystems on a timeline that matters by setting accurate and meaningful restoration goals, directing conservation resources to the projects that help us achieve these goals in the best possible way, and monitor and track long-term progress.  Project planning and monitoring activities are historically difficult to fund, as traditional restoration partners prefer to support more tangible, on-the-ground actions.

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