Conserving Wildlife Habitat on Willamette Valley Farms

In the Oregon's Willamette Valley, almost all of the land is privately owned (95%), with roughly half of that land in agriculture. Consequently, growers play a key role in shaping the current and future landscape of the Willamette Valley. As primary steward of the land, farmers are increasingly implementing practices to reduce negative impacts on wildlife and other natural resources.

Processed vegetable growers in the Willamette Valley are striving to improve the sustainability of their operations. Third party sustainability certification programs, such as the Food Alliance, require that farmers demonstrate that they meet minimum standards on fair labor, IPM, soil and water quality, and wildlife conservation. Wildlife habitat has been identified by growers as the most challenging sustainability goal as the expertise required for effective wildlife habitat management is outside their experience.

This website will serve as a portal for resources and support for this new management area. This page aggregates information that is useful for learning about and implementing wildlife habitat conservation on farms in the Willamette Valley.

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Slough on a Willamette Valley Farm. Photo Credit: Alex Stone

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