The population in the Willamette Valley, currently at 2.7 million, is expected to significantly increase by 2040 according to Oregon's Office of Economic Analysis.
With about 90% of land in the Willamette Valley in private ownership land management agencies like the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service need the input and assistance of Valley landowners.
The Valley's Changing Habitats
Zipping down the I-5 corridor, the changes to some of the Willamette Valley's signature habitats may not be obvious, but the fact is there's been a great reduction in riparian forest, oak savanna, and wetland prairie habitats in just the last 60 years, less than a blink in geologic time.
This is a time of forward thinking for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the Willamette Valley. In addition to America's Great Outdoor, we recently completed "Conserving the Future", a comprehensive vision for the next generation of the National Wildlife Refuge System, which includes four Refuges in the Valley.Get the Book Learn More about the Refuge System
About the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Your Conservation Partner in the Willamette Valley
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has been your neighbor in the Valley for many years, maybe even longer than you even realize. Our mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance the fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.Visit the USFWS website to learn more
July 27, 2012
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service completed our kick-off of the Willamette Valley Conservation Study on July 26th with the last of three Open Houses held throughout the Willamette Valley. Turnout was great, with over 100 people and several organizations joining the conservation conversation.Learn more about the Conservation StudySee the Open House invitation
July 10, 2012
Did you know that home values are higher near National Wildlife Refuges? Check out this story and other fantastic information and photography put out by Friends of the Willamette Valley National Widlife Refuge Complex in their most recent quarterly newsletter.Get the 3rd Quarter newsletter
Putting the Fun in Fungi
Did you know the Willamette Valley is one of the best places in the country to grow mushrooms? More than 5,000 mushroom varieties can be found in the Pacific Northwest.