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Yamhill Soil and Water District Enters into Conservation Planning to Protect Fender's Blue Butterfly

Photo - Fender's blue butterfly (Army Corps of Engineers).

Thanks to efforts of the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to develop a Habitat Conservation Plan, private landowners in Yamhill County will be able to reduce the administrative and regulatory burden of having Fender's blue butterfly on their property while also promoting its recovery.

By conducting activities such as vineyard management, livestock grazing, timber management, and habitat restoration in a way that minimizes impacts to the butterfly, landowners can enroll for inclusion under the Yamhill SWCD Habitat Conservation Plan. Yamhill SWCD will work with participating landowners to minimize and mitigate their impacts through a set of conservation measures for a permit that will be in place for 50 years. Read News Release>

A 30-day public comment period opens February 23, 2015. Comments will be accepted through March 25, 2015.

Draft Yamhill Habitat Conservation Plan for Fender's Blue Butterfly on Private Lands

Draft Environmental Assessment for Fender's Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan

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Candidate Conservation Agreement with Oregon Dept. of State Lands: Protection of Greater Sage-Grouse Closer to Completion

Photo - Male Greater Sage-Grouse (USFWS).

The State of Oregon now adds to the landmark agreements putting all non-federal sage-grouse habitat in Oregon into voluntary protection that will offer protections for both the bird and ranchers.

Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is entering into a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and will enroll state-owned lands throughout southeastern Oregon.

Under these agreements, DSL will voluntarily agree to graze livestock and manage habitat in a way that removes or reduces threats to sage-grouse, and will receive assurances that they will not face additional regulatory requirements should the species ever be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read News Release>

A 30-day public comment period opens February 23, 2015. Comments will be accepted through March 25, 2015.

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Endangered Species Act Scores Another Success as Oregon Chub Becomes First Fish Delisted
Due to Recovery

Photo - Oregon Chub (Courtesy of Jeremy Monroe, Freshwaters Illustrated).

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the Oregon chub's removal, due to recovery, from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Animals.

“This proves the Endangered Species Act can work when people pull together to accomplish a shared goal,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “This effort succeeded because of an extraordinary partnership between federal and state agencies, landowners and other stakeholders. We all pulled together to bring back a species from the brink of extinction in just over 20 years.”

Just eight populations totaling fewer than 1,000 fish were known to exist at the time of its listing under the Endangered Species Act in 1993. Today, the population stands at more than 140,000 fish at 80 locations with a diverse range of habitats.  Learn more>

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