Oregon Blue Sky Habitat - Frequently Asked Questions

How was The Freshwater Trust selected?
The Freshwater Trust (TFT) was selected to manage the Habitat funds beginning January 1, 2011 as a result of a formal Request for Proposal process. After three years of successfully managing Habitat funds, TFT was again selected through an RFP process to manage the funds from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016.

The Freshwater Trust is a statewide not-for-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon with staff also located in Medford, Enterprise and Union. TFT takes an integrated, innovative approach to restoring freshwater ecosystems – from restoring a river’s architecture to working with landowners to keep more water in streams. The TFT team will leverage a variety of partnerships and opportunities on behalf of our Blue Sky Habitat customers to prioritize restoration. TFT’s innovative solutions to restoration are attributed to a large community of members, donors, volunteers, corporate gifts and foundations who value ‘out of the box’ watershed restoration.

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What type of habitat preservation and restoration projects are typically funded through the Blue Sky Habitat program? 

Habitat  preservation and restoration work  can include (but is not limited to): watershed assessments and analysis; design and engineering, acquisition of conservation easements from private parties to protect and restore anadromous species habitat; riparian planting, stream bank stabilization or protection, large wood structure creation fish passage barrier removal, historic channel and structure restoration, removing non-native vegetation, maintenance and monitoring activities, and public outreach and education efforts.TFT takes no more 20 percent from customer support for administration and marketing. All remaining funds support on-the-ground projects. 

Please continue to check this site for more details; it will be updated as more projects receive funding increasing the value of existing habitat for native, threatened or endangered anadromous fish in Oregon.