A Growing Watershed Restoration Industry in Oregon
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Since 1997, the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds has led to over half a billion dollars of investment by state, federal, and private sources in watershed restoration across Oregon1. These projects not only deliver ecological benefits to salmon and watersheds, they also create important economic activity at the local level. A decade ago, much of the conversation around community and economic development involving watershed restoration focused on the debate over jobs versus the environment, and strategies to create an ecosystem workforce through job training and contractor development. This briefing paper is part of a series from the Ecosystem Workforce Program that considers the economic activity generated through watershed restoration.
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