Bringing the River Back - Oregon State University

there was a degree of uncertainty regarding the process. They had already invested substantial money in attorney fees, in part because the complicated due diligence requirements of OWEB necessitated close reviews by their attorney and, in part because the project had two funding sources, BPA and OWEB. Each agency ...
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Bringing the River Back: Working with Landowners on Willamette River Restoration

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The Institute for Natural Resources Created by the Oregon Legislature through the 2001 Oregon Sustainability Act, the Institute for Natural Resources’ mission is to provide Oregonians with ready access to current, relevant, science-based information, methods, and tools for better understanding natural resource management challenges and developing solutions. The Institute for Natural Resources is an Oregon University System institute. 210 Strand Agricultural Hall Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon 97331 http://oregonstate.edu/inr

For more information about this report please contact [email protected]

Acknowledgments The Institute for Natural Resources wishes to thank the Meyer Memorial Trust for its financial support, which made this story possible. We’d also like to thank the many people involved in the Harkens Lake project for their time and insights which also made this report possible. Cover Photo, Willamette River adjacent to the Harkens Lake area, courtesy of Michael Pope, Executive Director of the Greenbelt Land Trust INR wishes to thank the following contributors to this report: Sue Lurie (INR), Sally Duncan (INR), and Myrica McCune (INR), River Design and Greenbelt Land Trust.

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Table of Contents Figures......................................................................................................................v Executive Summary ..............................................................................................1 Introduction .............................................................................................................3 I.

History and Current Context............................................................................4 A. Settlement and River Changes ...................................................................4 B. Restoration as a Priority .............................................................................4 C. Harkens Lake .............................................................................................6 D. Harkens Lake Project Design .....................................................................9

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Common Themes and Issues with Willamette Restoration Planning ...........13 A. Working with Landowners......................................................................13 Incentives ...........................................................................................15 Disincentives ......................................................................................16 B. Permitting ...............................................................................................17 C. Conservation Easement: Legal and Financial Issues .............................17 Permanent Easements .............................................................................18 Time-limited Easements ..........................................................................19 D. Interorganizational Collaboration ..........................................................21 E. Integrating Science .................................................................................23

III. Themes and Issues in the Harkens Lake Process: The Hornings’ Story........24 A. Landowners’ Expectations .......................................................................25 B. Working with the Landowners: Incentives and Disincentives ................26 C. Permitting Issues ......................................................................................29 D. Conservation Easements: Legal and Financial Issues..............................30 E. Interorganizational Collaboration.............................................................33 F. Integrating Science ...................................................................................3