Oak woodland and prairie habitats and the many Oregonians who love them will benefit from more than $300,000 in funding recently approved by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). OWEB is a state agency led by a 17 member citizen board drawn from the public at large, tribes, and federal and state natural resource agency boards and commissions. Grant funds, originating from the Oregon Lottery, are provided to improve watershed health and protect and restore habitat for native fish and wildlife. Oak and prairie habitats are a priority for OWEB’s Focused Investment Partnerships grant program.
The Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network, the Willamette Valley Oak Prairie Cooperative, and the East Cascade Oaks Partnership will receive funding to further their conservation planning and delivery. The three partnerships involve dozens of organizations and numerous stakeholders that are working to conserve dwindling oak and prairie habitats. Pacific Birds supports and promotes all of these efforts as preserving oak and prairie habitats is one of our major conservation priorities.