Magazine article Endangered Species Bulletin

A Closer Look at the Oregon Conservation Strategy

Magazine article Endangered Species Bulletin

A Closer Look at the Oregon Conservation Strategy

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The Strategy charts a course for the long-term conservation of Oregon's wildlife and identifies how all Oregonians can become involved through a non-regulatory, statewide approach. It takes the initiative to conserve species and keep them from becoming endangered or threatened. A diverse group of agencies, organizations, and individuals are already implementing the Strategy. The issues facing Oregon's wildlife and habitats are complex and will require innovative, coordinated, and cooperative work to address. Here are some examples:

New Monitoring Team Gets to Work

Dedicated to the goal of implementing the Oregon Conservation Strategy, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) staff has put together a statewide Fish and Wildlife Monitoring Team whose mission is to provide oversight to monitoring activities related to the Strategy. About 40 people from around the state representing conservation groups, education, tribes, and state and federal agencies bring impressive expertise to the table.

According to Audrey Hatch, ODFW Conservation Strategy Monitoring Coordinator, "This team is made up of innovative individuals who want to take advantage of advancements in information technology to share knowledge and information so monitoring activities can become more focused." This past summer, the team worked with ODFW stream survey crews to collect amphibian occurrence information, spending only a few additional minutes per site but collecting dozens of valuable observations.

Guidebook for Forest Landowners

Many of the imperiled species identi- fied in the Oregon Conservation Strategy are found in privately owned forests. While landowners are interested in providing habitat for Oregon's plants and animals, they want to make sure they have up-to-date, comprehensive information. To meet this need, the Oregon Forest Resource Institute partnered with Oregon Department of Forestry, ODFW, Oregon State University's Institute for Natural Resources, and others to produce a beautiful guidebook, Identifying Priority Plants and Animals and Their Habitats. …

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