Wallowa's Jeff Oveson wins Spirit of Oregon Plan award

JEFF OVESON

Jeff Oveson of Wallowa was named a winner of the Spirit of Oregon Plan Award at the 2002 Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and Oregon Association of Conservation Districts' biennial state convention held Nov. 20-21 in Redmond.

Oveson was one of 18 persons so honored in the state, one of five in the eastern part of the state.

The award is three years old and the only previous winner from Wallowa County was Pat Wortman.

Some 600 people were present at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds when the awards were given out.

The honor was awarded to the Wallowa native for both his work as director of the Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program and work on his own property at Dry Creek north of Wallowa.

Oveson has been active in the education and outreach of the watershed message, and has also been implementing such plans on his own property, where he has put in riparian fencing, pasture enhancement measures, trough installation and enrolled land in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.

He has also been a ground level proponent of the Wallowa Lake Dam Restoration Project.

Oveson said that he feels "really honored" by the recognition.

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