Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office
California and Nevada Region

Jobs-in-the-Woods - Watershed Restoration Program

Background:
  • Under the Northwest Forest Plan, federal funds were appropriated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for implementation of a Watershed Restoration Program to support projects on non-federal lands (private, tribal and state lands) within the range of the northern spotted owl.  Projects funded are to employ displaced timber workers or workers from timber dependent communities.
Goals of the Program:
  • Contribute to restoration, recovery and conservation of fish and wildlife species dependent upon riparian areas, wetlands and associated uplands.

  • Restore watershed processes and functions to improve the physical integrity of important physical, biological, and chemical features.

  • Provide long and short-term benefits to riparian areas, wetlands and associated uplands.

  • Benefit economies of forest dependent communities by providing employment and training opportunities.

  • Support and encourage parternerships with other agencies, watershed groups, and landowners interested in improving watershed conditions.

  • Encourage community outreach and promote environmental education experiences to foster long-term stewardship of natural resources.

Each year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues a Request for Proposals for Jobs in the Woods projects within the range of the northern spotted owl in selected timber dependent counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon (Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity, Klamath, and selected portions of Siskiyou, Shasta, Glenn, Tehama, and Lake counties).

Ecosystem Restoration Main
Last updated: October 16, 2008