Grant Awarded for Bear Branch Project

Grant Awarded for Bear Branch Project

The North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil Award­ed $320,103 for the Bear Branch, Prairie, Oak and Stream Restora­tion project
The project locat­ed on Bear Branch, a Low­er North San­ti­am Riv­er Trib­u­tary in Linn Coun­ty, will restore rem­nant Willamette Val­ley wet prairie and oak habi­tats, instream aquat­ic habi­tat com­plex­i­ty and stream­side native vegetation


(Salem) – The Ore­gon Water­shed Enhance­ment Board (OWEB) award­ed $320,103 to the North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil for the Bear Branch, Prairie, Oak and Stream Restora­tion Project at their April 24–26, 2017 board meeting.

The award was one of 89 grants total­ing $9,315,062 pro­vid­ed to local orga­ni­za­tions statewide to sup­port fish and wildlife habi­tat and water qual­i­ty projects.

The Bear Branch prop­er­ty has been in the Sand­ner fam­i­ly for over 130 years. I am the fourth gen­er­a­tion Sand­ner to own this prop­er­ty.  My chil­dren and their chil­dren have been on the prop­er­ty to hike and enjoy the lega­cy passed on by their Great, Great, Great Grand­fa­ther.  This is a bless­ing that is afford­ed to few and one we do not take light­ly.  To be able to restore and con­serve a piece of Willamette Val­ley his­to­ry for my pos­ter­i­ty is an hon­or and one of which I believe my ances­tors would be proud,” says Jim Sand­ner, Bear Branch prop­er­ty owner

The “Bear Branch, Prairie, Oak and Stream Restora­tion” project will: (1) restore rem­nant Willamette Val­ley wet prairie, oak savan­na and oak wood­land habi­tat; (2) restore instream aquat­ic habi­tat com­plex­i­ty with large wood struc­tures and recon­nect the stream with its his­toric flood­plain; and (3) restore eco­log­i­cal func­tions of the riparian/floodplain cor­ri­dor through strate­gic veg­e­ta­tive man­age­ment.  Restora­tion activ­i­ties include oak release, weed con­trol, seed­ing and plant­i­ng native plant species, estab­lish­ing native plants, and plac­ing instream large wood struc­tures.  Work is expect­ed to begin dur­ing the sum­mer of 2017 and will be com­plet­ed by 2023.

Fund­ing for grants award­ed by the OWEB Board comes from three pri­ma­ry sources – the Ore­gon Lot­tery, Salmon License Plate rev­enues, and Fed­er­al Pacif­ic Coastal Salmon Recov­ery funds pro­vid­ed by the Nation­al Ocean and Atmos­pher­ic Administration.

Since 1999, the Ore­gon Lot­tery has pro­vid­ed over $500 mil­lion to OWEB’s grant pro­gram that helps restore, main­tain and enhance Oregon’s water­sheds. Com­bined, the Lot­tery has earned over $9 bil­lion for water­shed enhance­ments, pub­lic edu­ca­tion, state parks and eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment. For more infor­ma­tion about the Ore­gon Lot­tery vis­it

For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about this project con­tact Rebec­ca McCoun at (503) 930‑8202. For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about OWEB and its grant pro­grams, con­tact Eric Hart­stein at A list­ing of all award­ed grants is avail­able at: