These projects are intended to showcase the range of projects that support the goal and objectives outlined in “Prairie, Oaks and People: A Conservation Business Plan to Revitalize the Prairie-Oak Habitats of the Pacific Northwest.”
GOAL: Healthy and resilient prairie-oak habitats across the Pacific Northwest that sustain all of their native species and generate benefits for current and future generations.
OBJECTIVE 1: Recover populations of 41 imperiled species and establish the ecological and social foundations to support their persistence over time.
OBJECTIVE 2: Restore and maintain habitats needed to conserve the biological diversity of prairie-oak ecosystems throughout their historic range.
Example project profile:
Creswell Oaks Protection
Description: Purchase of a conservation easement on this 1,700-acre property will protect one of the largest areas of oak habitats in the Willamette Valley. It supports remnant legacy oaks in a savanna setting, the largest population of Oregon Vesper Sparrow in the Willamette Valley, and a diverse matrix of oak and other habitat types. The most immediate threat is habitat conversion via the potential development of a golf course over a large portion of the property.
Outcomes: A conservation easement will protect ecological values, initiate a major collaborative habitat restoration effort, and provide significant research opportunities.
Timeframe: 5-10 years