Crook SWCD offers technical assistance and restoration funding to landowners in a variety of program areas in order help them meet their restoration goals and management objectives.
In 2015, US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a decision that an ESA listing for Greater sage grouse was not warranted. The decision was based in part on the innovative conservation program that SWCDs in Oregon are implementing.
Through the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) program ranchers in Crook County voluntarily pledged to enroll over a quarter million acres of sage grouse habitat in this program. Crook SWCD is now working with these landowners to develop long term plans that align their operational goals with conservation measures.
One of the benefits of enrolling a ranch in a CCAA is that we write a conservation plan that tailored to the ecological potential of that land and the management objectives of the operation. The plan is comprised of conservation measures to address threats to sage grouse habitat such as invasive annual grasses, juniper encroachment and grazing management. Landowners enrolling their ranch in a CCAA assure the Service their land will be managed to promote healthy sage grouse habitat.
Enrollment in the CCAA program provides assurances that protect participating ranchers from additional regulatory responsibilities, in the event the sage grouse is listed as Threatened or Endangered.
Our work in Crook County in conjunction with CCAA programs in Harney, Lake, Baker and Malheur counties are contributing factor to the continuing decision by USFWS to not have an ESA listing for Greater sage grouse.
The collective effort is called the Oregon All Counties Sage Grouse Committee and we are working together for the benefit of sage steppe ecosystems which includes the people who live and work there. Click below to view our Action Plan and governance documents.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Crook SWCD are strong partners in enhancing water quality throughout the county. Our current Focus Area is the Camp Creek watershed where we are working to prioritize restoration needs.
Water quality projects address a variety of concerns including stream temperature, runoff, and bank erosion. Some of the tools we use include: spring developments, off-site watering systems, riparian plantings, juniper treatments, bank stabilization, and weed treatments. These efforts contribute to the health of our shared watersheds.
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OWEB SMALL GRANTS
The priorities of local restoration include:
Examples of previously funded projects
off-channel watering systems
Check out examples of the small grant projects we've completed.