There are quite a few WRP easements in the Willamette Valley.
For the good Short-eared Owl viewing opportunities at Diamond Hill Rd. wetlands, and the generally open landscape favorable to prairie species, we can thank USFWS staff who helped convince NRCS planners not to plant a dense row of trees along the edge of the road.
Good birding, Joel
On Tue, 2018-02-13 at 13:01 -0800, Lars Per Norgren wrote: > Anyone know the legal status of Diamond Hill Drive wetland in Linn > County? Is it an "easement" or "mitigation" wetland, or another > entity? > I know it is private land and have long assumed some federal program > paid for its (presumably) permanent conversion. I'm guessing there are > similar places in Marion County that I read about often, but have > never > been to. Short-eared Owl watching was excellent this Sunday(2/11/18) > around 4pm. There were about 10 individuals in view at once--high > overhead, > bobbing across the road at eye level, perched on ploughed ground (as I > would expect) and best of all perched in small trees, as Rough-legged > Hawks do. I don't recall seeing SEOW do this before. It allowed for > leisurely > detailed scoping. One owl remained perched on the same small tree the > whole time we were there, 15-20 minutes. Lars