USFWS: Working for The Valley
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has been a longtime conservation partner in the Willamette Valley, from our four National Wildlife Refuges to our work with landowners, agencies, and organization on restoring habitat on private lands. We are greatly interested in contributing to the future of the Valley through our time-tested approaches and through innovative new approaches. Bottom line, we want to know how we can be an even more involved partner in sustaining the Willamette Valley.
Check out some of the things we are already doing in the Valley...
Just Beginning: The Willamette Valley Conservation Study
Conservation is most effective when decisions are well researched, an array of of perspectives are considered, and the concerns of stakeholders are heard. The Willamette Valley Conservation Study may be the formal name of the America's Great Outdoors project, but what it represents is an opportunity to create a conservation coalition to sustain the Valley for all who dwell within, long into the future.Learn more about the Conservation Study
Since 1987, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has been working with private landowners to enhance the quality of natural habitat through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. This is an important program for the Willamette Valley as 95% of the land in The Valley is privately owned.
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife is what is known as a "cost-share" program, meaning the Service is able to financially assist landowners with conservation projects. Form it's humble beginnings as a $100,000 appropriation, it has grown into a $50,000,000 program and helping with several landowner conservation projects in the Willamette Valley.Learn more about our Partners Program
Managing for Wildlife and Habitat
With four National Wildlife Refuges between Portland and Eugene, there are some great opportunities for you to connect with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and our conservation work right where the magic happens. We also have a Fish and Wildlife Office in Portland that is doing great work on endangered species, contaminants, land and water monitoring, and climate change, among other things. Check out all of these great places below...Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office