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Watershed Enhancement

We’ve packed a lot of great scenery into this quick video, all of it authentically Oregon. Inspired to visit? These are the key locations we’ve included (with video time stamp):

:00 Bridge – Florence, Oregon
:02 Kayakers –  Honeyman State Park
:04 South Santiam River
:06 Diving Board –  South Santiam River 

:11 Fivemile-Bell Restoration Project 
:19 Siuslaw River near Bickerville, Oregon
:22 Sweet Creek Trail near Mapleton, Oregon

What is a watershed?

Our watersheds are places where endangered salmon live or die. Where eagles scan the land for an elusive meal. Where native plants anchor vulnerable soil to streambanks. They are the places where people hike and fish; where we learn to love and protect the natural places that represent the very best of Oregon.

Since 1999, the Oregon Lottery has provided funding to help restore and preserve our natural watersheds. Administered by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, these funds help support more than 7,000 watershed projects across the state. Included here are just a handful of stories that show some of the ways environments have been repaired and preserved, not just for the benefit of the plants and animals living in them, but for all the people who care about the legacy of natural beauty that Oregon provides us all.

When you play lottery games, Oregon’s fish and wildlife win. And so do Oregonians.

watershed enhancement sapling image

watershed enhancement image

Featured watershed enhancement projects

Ashland All Lands Forest Resiliency Project

Ashland All Lands Forest Resiliency Project

Reducing fire risk and enhancing wildlife habitat

Meacham Creek

Meacham Creek

An Oregon creek set free

Cavender Wetland Enhancement

Cavender Wetland Enhancement

From man-made mud hole to desert oasis

6 Ranch Habitat Restoration

6 Ranch Habitat Restoration

The Wallowa River returns to its roots

Fivemile-Bell Restoration Project

Fivemile-Bell Restoration Project

Building on nature's success, one mile at a time

Willamette Confluence Preserve

Willamette Confluence Preserve

Abandoned mining pits become valuable habitat