RIPARIAN ZONE ENHANCEMENT (CREP)


Tree & Shrub Species Planted

Wildlife Damage

This project planted trees and shrubs along both sides of about several thousand feet of coastal stream. The area encompassed about three acres. The purpose of the task was to provide habitat for animals and fish including migrating salmon. The work was completed between the summers of 2000 and 2002.

"The Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a cooperative venture between the State of Oregon and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency with support from local soil and water conservation districts. The purpose of the program is to restore, maintain, and enhance streamside areas along agricultural lands to benefit fish, wildlife, and water quality. Landowners enrolled in CREP receive annual rental payments, incentive payments, and cost share payments to install conservation measures such as planting trees and shrubs, installing fencing, livestock watering facilities, and other approved conservation measures.

Oregon and the USDA signed an agreement to create the Oregon CREP in 1998. Oregon and the USDA revised the agreement in 2000 and again in 2004 to make more streams eligible for the program, allow additional streamside restoration practices, and formalize an innovative partnership in the Tualatin watershed that provides additional incentives for restoration on high value farmland." - http://www.oregon.gov/OWEB/CREP.shtml