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The Bulletin reports on federal grants awarded to conservation at Ochoco Preserve.

May 05, 2023 by Nadia Kelem
Fish and wildlife benefit from federal funding at Ochoco Preserve near Prineville.

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By Michael Kohn
The Bulletin

A stream restoration project adjacent to Prineville that is turning an abandoned agricultural zone into a healthy ecosystem for fish and wildlife has received new federal funding.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved a $400,000 grant to fund fish passage rehabilitation at the Ochoco Preserve in late April. Bend-based Deschutes Land Trust is spearheading the land recovery effort and is partnering with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Restoration of former agricultural lands can help in the recovery of sensitive wildlife habitat while also mitigating the risk of flooding. Land cleared for agriculture and grazing practices has altered the flow of creek channels, blocking essential passage for fish.

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