Cooperative Landowner Incentive Program (CLIP)

Jeremy and a landowner discussing pasture management

CLIP is a cost-share program designed to help landowners fix natural resource issues on private properties, including private residences, businesses, and properties owned or managed by non-profits.

Rural CLIP addresses working lands issues such as erosion, invasive species, water conservation, and mud management.

Urban CLIP works with non-agricultural landowners inside the Urban Growth Boundary to fix erosion issues, remove invasive species, and manage stormwater with rain gardens.

Is my property eligible?

Properties must be located inside EMSWCD’s service area, which is all Multnomah County east of the Willamette River.

Rural CLIP works with:

  • Rural acreage, hobby farm, and small woodlot owners
  • Commercial farms and nurseries
  • Land managers or renters of agricultural land (with landowner’s consent)

Urban CLIP works inside the Urban Growth Boundary with:

  • Private properties within 300 feet of a stream, river, or wetland, and/or a “high conservation value” natural area (as determined by EMSWCD staff)
  • Low-income multifamily housing units
  • Private properties anywhere within Gresham’s Downspout Disconnection zone*

*Private single-family properties within Gresham’s Downspout Disconnection zone but not within 300 feet of a waterway or natural area are eligible for stormwater assistance only.

How does it work?

  1. Contact one of our staff (see below) and describe the issue. We will visit your property and help you develop ideas about possible solutions. Staff will explain what practices are eligible for CLIP funding and which are not.
  2. If the solution you choose is covered by the program, staff will develop a CLIP funding proposal for internal review. Sometimes this will involve additional conversations to improve and refine the project before it is finalized.
  3. Once the proposal is finalized, it will be presented to the EMSWCD Board for approval. Proposals are reviewed once a month on an on-going basis.
  4. Once the proposal is approved and signed, work can begin. Reimbursements for approved expenses will be distributed as receipts are received.

Please note: Funding is contingent on approval by the Board of Directors.

Ready to get started? Contact our technical staff!