Restoring the land for future generations
Fivemile-Bell Restoration Project
If an old timer with a tackle box tells you to fish where they’re biting, he’s giving you good advice—start where the fish are known to be. This advice doesn’t just apply to catching fish; it works equally well for preserving and restoring fish ecosystems. The Fivemile-Bell Restoration project began with a goal of preserving one of Oregon’s most productive Coho salmon habitats. In fact, Fivemile and Bell Creeks have some of the healthiest wild salmon runs in Oregon, with hundreds of endangered Coho salmon spawning each year per mile of stream—a unique success well worth preserving and, through careful restoration, improving even further.
A coalition of partner agencies, funded in part by grants from the Oregon Lottery and led by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, have come together to restore more than 5,000 acres of the watershed basin.
There is ample opportunity to leverage even greater gains for the creeks’ salmon runs and riparian environments. It was once common practice to drain lakes and wetlands, clear valley bottoms, and channelize streams to increase the availability of farmland. Add cattle grazing and timber harvesting, and the situation for the area’s native fish, plants, and wildlife continually worsened over time.
FiveMile and Bell Creeks Go Native
The Fish Are Biting!
The team has already restored three miles of stream and established many native plant communities. This work has been accomplished in three phases over three years. Katie Duzik of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board commented, “One of the neat things about this project is that you can start downstream and see what the site looks like after four years of growth. Traveling upstream, each mile segment of stream is a little newer until you reach the current phase—it’s like watching time lapse photography.” With the environmental improvements, more than just the Coho benefit. New Creekside woodlands and preserved old-growth stands benefit many species, including endangered species such as the northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet. Through the Fivemile-Bell restoration project, nature continues to regain its stronghold—and the fish are definitely biting!
Now we’re doing what society expects and wants us to do in restoring habitat for endangered species.— Johnny Sundstrom, Landowner, Founder and Director-The Siuslaw Institute
Revitalizing the Coho Runs
While much of the state’s salmon streams now produce about 3-5% of their historic numbers, Fivemile and Bell Creeks still produce about 40% of Coho they produced historically. To help preserve and increase salmon, the coalition has four goals:
- Restoration of over four miles of stream channels
- Restoration of native plants
- Floodplain reconnection along the entire valley bottom
- Large tree and log placement for fish and aquatic habitat improvement
Education gets a Boost in the St Paul School District
In 2019 over $83,000 in Lottery funds helped the St. Paul School District with needed school projects, infrastructure and supplies.
Increased Services for Deschutes County Veterans
In 2019 the Deschutes County Veterans Services Office received over $164,000 in Lottery funding to increase office hours and advertising to get more veterans to use their services. One in fourteen Oregonians is a veteran and we care about each other, especially those who protect us at home and aboard. Voters directed 1.5% of all Oregon Lottery funds to help veterans with essential services in 2016.
Brookings Veterans Services Increased with Additional Oregon Lottery Revenue
The Curry County Veterans Services Office received over $88,000 in Lottery funding to increase office hours and advertising to get more veterans to use their services. One in fourteen Oregonians is a veteran and we care about each other, especially those who protect us at home and aboard. Voters directed 1.5% of all Oregon Lottery funds to help veterans with essential services in 2016.
Prineville Veterans Receiving More Services Thanks to Oregon Lottery Funding
In 2019 the Crook County Veterans Services Office received over $86,000 in Lottery backing to increase office hours and advertising to get more veterans to use their services. One in fourteen Oregonians is a veteran and we care about each other, especially those who protect us at home and aboard. Voters directed 1.5% of all Oregon Lottery funds to help veterans with essential services in 2016.
Shuttle for Veterans Funded with Oregon Lottery Dollars
The Coos County Area Transit Service is making the rubber meet the road when it comes to veterans services. In 2019, the transit district put nearly $131,000 of Oregon Lottery proceeds into bus service to the Rosburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Now those veterans who don’t have transportation, can take a shuttle.
Southwestern Oregon Community College Taps Oregon Lottery Funds to Help Veterans
In 2019, Southwestern Community College put over $54,000 of Oregon Lottery funds to work, tapping the funds for programs at the Veterans Resource Center on campus. One in fourteen Oregonians is a veteran and we care about each other, especially those who protect us at home and aboard. Voters directed 1.5% of all Oregon Lottery funds to help veterans with essential services in 2016.
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