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USFWS and Harney Soil and Water Conservation District Agree to Conserve Sage-Grouse Habitat

Photo - Greater Sage-Grouse (USFWS).

Oregon ranchers are embracing an opportunity to further conservation for the greater sage-grouse while working together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Harney Soil and Water Conservation District.

The USFWS and Harney Soil and Water District have entered into a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) as part of ongoing efforts toward conservation of greater sage-grouse. In a CCAA, landowners voluntarily agree to manage their lands to remove or reduce threats to a species. In return, landowners receive assurances against additional regulatory requirements should that species ever be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read more>

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USFWS Reopens Comment Period for Oregon Spotted Frog in Oregon and Washington

Photo - Oregon spotted frog (Courtesy of Alan St. John).

The USFWS announced the reopening of the comment period on its August 29, 2013, proposed designation of critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog under the federal Endangered Species Act. Based on new information received, the USFWS is proposing changes to four of the 14 proposed critical habit areas: the Lower Deschutes River, Williamson River, Upper Klamath Lake, and Upper Klamath.

In addition, the USFWS also announced the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed critical habitat designation for the Oregon spotted frog, which addresses the potential incremental economic impacts of critical habitat designation for the species.
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See a new video on bull trout reintroduction in the Clackamas River

Watch this stunning 4-minute video on the reintroduction of bull trout to the Clackamas River, Oregon!!!! The video tells the story of the diligent efforts of fish biologists to once again see bull trout flourish in waters where they were eliminated over 50 years ago. The video was funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and produced by Freshwaters Illustrated, a not-for-profit oganization based in Oregon whose goal is to raise aquatic awareness through photo, video and film.

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