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Willamette Valley Conservation Study


Oregon’s Willamette Valley, renowned for the high quality of life it affords its residents, is losing part of its natural heritage. Habitat loss and fragmentation coupled with the loss of natural wildfire and floods that rejuvenated and maintained native habitats has resulted in population declines of many of the valley’s sensitive wildlife and plants. Several Willamette Valley species are currently listed under the State or Federal endangered species acts.

As part of the Willamette Valley Conservation Study, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, other state, local and federal agencies and conservation partners studied conservation needs and opportunities in the valley.  

The study concluded the amount and distribution of lands currently managed for sensitive, native wildlife species is inadequate for depressed populations to fully recover in the valley.  Networks of grasslands, oak woodlands, and riparian habitats need to be developed to allow populations of sensitive native wildlife and plants space and time to recover.
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