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A closer look at the Oregon Conservation Strategy.

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 identified 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.


This free 100-page guidebook includes color photos, ecoregion and range maps, habitat descriptions, and other information on 80 priority plant and animal species, including Strategy species and others identified under various state and federal wildlife protection measures. It is also ideal for secondary school teachers for field and classroom use.

Conservation Registry: Connecting People and Projects

The Strategy identifies the need to monitor conservation activities. A conservation registry will allow the tracking of conservation actions on both broad and local scales. It will include a dynamic mapping tool and provide specific, searchable information about conservation actions in a user-friendly web-based interface. Defenders of Wildlife and other partners are coordinating the registry as a pilot project in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

The registry will maximize efficiency in conservation efforts by enabling states and other stakeholders to understand what and where conservation actions are happening, identifying areas where actions can generate strategic benefits, determining how well current conservation investments match priorities, facilitating partnerships and information sharing, and recognizing people for their conservation work.

The registry is now being developed and a mockup of the website has been released. You can see it at The next phase will include development of advanced features such as personalized user accounts, a data entry form, a relational database, and advanced search options.
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Author:Hatch, Audrey; Boulay, Peg; Rosenthal, Moran; Hihinashvili, Avi
Publication:Endangered Species Update
Geographic Code:1U9OR
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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