Ryan Ranch and Big Marsh projects will help enhance Oregon spotted frog habitat.

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board voted April 24, to grant more than $16 million to 113 voluntary conservation projects throughout Oregon – supporting clean rivers, fish and wildlife habitat, open space, and water conservation.

Of those, $3.3 million was granted to 10 projects in Central Oregon, including the Big Marsh and Ryan Ranch projects, which will help enhance Oregon spotted frog habitat.

Funded at $130,000, those projects include the restoration of riparian, floodplain and wetland habitat at Ryan Ranch on the Upper Deschutes River, and restoration of wetlands at Big Marsh, also on the Upper Deschutes.


"Oregonians have chosen, time and time again, to invest in voluntary conservation projects like these because they know that voluntary conservation supports clean and abundant water, healthy wildlife habitat, places to get outdoors and enjoy nature, and a thriving outdoor economy," said Shawn Morford, executive director of the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, one of the members of the Oregon Conservation Partnership.

Oregon Conservation Partnership is a collaboration of the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts, Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network, and Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts.

OWEB is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands, and natural areas. OWEB grants are funded from the Oregon Lottery, federal dollars, and salmon license plate revenue.

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