Oregon Statutes - Chapter 541 - Watershed Enhancement and Protection; Water Development Projects; Miscellaneous Provisions on Water Rights; Stewardship Agreements - Section 541.381 - Flexible Incentives Account; creation; sources; uses.

(1) There is created a Flexible Incentives Account in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned by the account shall be credited to the account. The moneys in the account are continuously appropriated to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for the purposes specified in this section.

(2) The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board shall use the Flexible Incentives Account to assist landowners in the implementation of strategies intended to protect and restore native species of fish, wildlife and plants and to maintain long-term ecological health, diversity and productivity in a manner consistent with statewide, regional or local conservation plans. The board shall seek to fund those strategies that offer the greatest public benefit at the lowest cost. The account may also be used to fund activities to achieve the purposes of stewardship agreements entered into under ORS 541.423 between a landowner, or a representative of the landowner, and the State Department of Agriculture or the State Board of Forestry.

(3) The account shall consist of moneys appropriated to it by the Legislative Assembly and moneys provided to the board by federal, state, regional or local governments for the purposes specified in this section. The board may accept private moneys in the form of gifts, grants and bequests for deposit into the account. [2001 c.708 §13; 2007 c.608 §3]

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