Our watersheds are places where endangered salmon live or die. Where eagles scan the land for an elusive meal. Where native plants anchor vulnerable soil to streambanks. They are the places where people hike and fish; where we learn to love and protect the natural places that represent the very best of Oregon.
Since 1999, the Oregon Lottery has provided funding to help restore and preserve our natural watersheds. Administered by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, these funds help support more than 7,000 watershed projects across the state. Included here are just a handful of stories that show some of the ways environments have been repaired and preserved, not just for the benefit of the plants and animals living in them, but for all the people who care about the legacy of natural beauty that Oregon provides us all.
When you play lottery games, Oregon’s fish and wildlife win. And so do Oregonians.
Reducing fire risk and enhancing wildlife habitat
An Oregon creek set free
From man-made mud hole to desert oasis
The Wallowa River returns to its roots
Building on nature's success, one mile at a time
Abandoned mining pits become valuable habitat