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, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service decided not to list the sage grouse on the endangered species list. This decision came in large part from the innovative plan to conserve sagebrush habitat through the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) program.
To date ranchers in Crook County have voluntarily enrolled over a quarter million acres of sage grouse habitat in this program. Crook SWCD is now working with the owners of these lands to develop long term plans that align their operational goals with conservation measures
One of the benefits of enrolling a private ranching operation in a CCAA is that implementing conservation measures to help sage grouse populations also helps prevent the USFWS from listing the species on the Endangered Species list. Landowners enrolling their ranch in a CCAA assure the Service their land will be managed to promote healthy sage grouse habitat.
The most direct benefit provided to ranchers enrolling in a CCAA are “assurances” provided by the Service. These assurances protect participating ranchers from additional regulatory responsibilities, in the event the sage-grouse is listed as Threatened or Endangered.
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.