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USFWS Proposes Conservation Agreement to Conserve Sage-Grouse and Maintain Ranching Way of Life

A partnership effort among diverse interests in eastern Oregon has resulted in a draft Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) to conserve greater sage-grouse and their habitats on private rangelands in Harney County. The USFWS worked with the Harney Soil and Water Conservation District and a steering committee comprised of local private landowners and representatives from Harney SWCD, Harney County Court, Oregon State University Extension, The Nature Conservancy, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center as well as numerous state and federal agencies to develop this agreement.. Read more>

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USFWS Habitat Restoration Programs Create 3,973 New Jobs, Pump $327.7 Million into Local Economies

Photo - A landowner visits a Sage-Grouse habitat site (USFWS).

San Diego, CA— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that a peer-reviewed analysis finds that the agency’s habitat restoration programs are extraordinary engines for the U.S. economy. The report, Restoration Returns: The Contribution of Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program Projects to Local U.S. Economies, finds that, in working directly with partners to implement vital on-the-ground habitat restoration, Service programs created more than 3,900 jobs in Fiscal Year 2011, generating a total economic stimulus of $327.6 million.

Each year, the Service completes more than 3,500 public-private partnership habitat restoration projects under the two programs, which leverage government dollars to generate private sector investment that is channeled into local communities. Read more>

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USFWS Pilots Surrogate Species Approach in the Willamette Valley


Photo - Oak woodland savannah (USFWS).The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is using a strategic habitat conservation approach to conserve fish and wildlife resources and ecological processes at landscape levels. The pilot for the USFWS' Pacific Region covers the Willamette Valley.

Elements of the strategic habitat approach include biological planning, conservation design, research, and monitoring. We are selecting surrogate species for habitats in need of conservation. Then, setting measurable biological objectives for these species and habitats, we are working collaboratively with partners to achieve the objectives most efficiently.

Click on the link below to read the draft report of our pilot effort. For more information, contact Jodie Delavan or Dolores Weisbaum at 503-231-6179.

Strategic Conservation Management in Oregon's Willamette Valley>