Forest Stewardship

Forest Stewardship

Forest Stewardship

The Siuslaw Collaborative Watershed Restoration Program (SCRWP) is a Forest Stewardship cooperative collaboration since 2002 between:

-Cascade Pacific RC&D;
-the Siuslaw National Forest; and
-other partners including Watershed Councils, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Landowners, non-profit groups, etc. 

The Siuslaw Collaborative promotes whole watershed restoration from headwaters to estuaries through implementation of projects that provide both economic and ecological benefits to improve forest health, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat and local communities.  The partnership manages the Stewardship Fund which funds watershed restoration projects located in the Alsea, Hebo, Marys Peak, Siuslaw and Smith-Dunes-Umpqua Stewardship areas. These funds are the result of the retained receipts generated through stewardship contracting authority, which authorizes the use of federal timber income to improve national forests and nearby lands through local restoration projects such as invasive weed control, riparian planting, wetland restoration, road decommissioning and fish & wildlife habitat improvements such as snag creation and in-stream log placement.  

Visit the SCRWP website for more information.


The McKenzie Watershed Stewardship Group (MWSG) is a group of diverse stakeholders that formed in 2014 with the common goal of enhancing ecological functions within the McKenzie Watershed and promoting the economic viability of local communities. 

Partners and Members

The MWSG partners with Willamette National Forest and others (see below) to use stewardship contracting and other innovative tools that support priority ecosystem restoration projects. MWSG current members include:

  • Cascade Pacific RC&D
  • Eugene Water & Electric Board
  • McKenzie River Trust
  • McKenzie Watershed Council
  • Oregon Dept of Forestry
  • Oregon Wild
  • Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Willamette National Forest, McKenzie River Ranger District
  • Whitewater Forests LLC

The MWSG is a forum for information sharing, coordinated planning and collaboration around common restoration goals. This forum enables early identification of potential opportunities or concerns about planned forest management activities on the McKenzie River Ranger District of the WNF. 

Meetings

The MWSG meetings are held monthly on the second Monday of the month from 2:30-4:30pm at EWEB’s downtown Eugene location at 500 East Fourth Avenue.

Upcoming Meeting: April 10, 2017 - Agenda
EWEB Conference Room
500 East Fourth Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

Meeting Notes - 2017: January

2013
2014
2015
2016

Background

EWEB has been working with a number of partners and the Willamette National Forest to initiate a ‘stewardship contracting’ group in the McKenzie watershed. Stewardship contracting allows the Forest Service to enter into long-term contracts to meet land-management objectives, such as reducing wildfire risk and improving forest health. Stewardship contracts on timber sales in the McKenzie watershed would allow the funds generated from the sale to remain in the watershed to fund other restoration work (such as culvert removal, large wood placement, road decommissioning) instead of going to the General Treasury. This can both promote forest restoration projects as well as support local communities.

Organizational Structure

For more information about the MWSG download their Operating Agreement which describes the group's structure, guiding principals, roles and responsibilities of the members and desired watershed restoration project outcomes. 

Contact information

Nancy Toth | Environmental Specialist, Drinking Water Protection
Eugene Water & Electric Board | 4200 Roosevelt Boulevard
Eugene, OR 97402 | ph/fax: 541-685-7438 | nancy.toth@eweb.org

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