Wild about habitat improvements in the Ochoco National Forest

The focal landscape for this region is the Ochoco National Forest/John Day. The NWTF contributed $68,079 towards the project while partners contributed the remaining $548,774.

The Son Stewardship Project near Prineville, Oregon, is a five-year agreement between the Ochoco National Forest and NWTF. The NWTF is using local contractors in this two-phase project to sell 970 acres of commercial timber products to pay for an additional 753 acres of non-commercial thinning. More than a mile of aspen stand fencing, 150 acres of native grass seeding and 10 miles of old roads are being converted into habitat in areas with high road densities. The restoration of a wet meadow will provide a water source. To accomplish this, water levels in an eroded creek are being raised to re-flood the meadow. These efforts are helping wild turkeys, mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk and redband trout to not only survive but also thrive.

Partners for this project included the USDA Forest Service, the Regional Challenge Cost Share Program, the Ochoco National Forest, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Hunters Association, Trout Unlimited and the NWTF Oregon State Chapter

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