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Willamette Valley Conservation Study


"Lasting conservation solutions should rise from the American people." This is the overarching premise of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, enacted in April 2010. Also central to the initiative is the understanding that the appreciation and protection of our national heritage is an objective shared by all Americans.

The Valley AGO project took shape in 2011, with the creation of the Willamette Valley Conservation Study. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has been entrusted with the coordination of this study, which covers a geographic area that includes the valley floor and foothills to about 1,500 feet in elevation. Over 100 communities, including the five largest cities in Oregon and numerous farms, ranches, and forests, are located within the Study area.

After a period of input gathering from many other government and non-government organizations, as well as private land owners, the Conservation Study is moving forward with a set of focus topics that represent the most abundant concerns we've heard in our discussions of conservation throughout The Valley. These topics are outlined below.

  • Rare Species and Habitats

    In the face of significant native habitat loss in The Valley, how do we best work together to address these losses and the resulting declines of native fish, wildlife, and plants that are vital to a healthy ecosystem?

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  • Connecting People With Nature

    With the expected population growth in The Valley, how dow we best utilize existing nature-based recreation and education resources and what opportunities will we need to expand or create altogether?

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  • Canada Geese and Working Lands

    With a wintering Canada goose population that has boomed in the last 20 years, how do we best address impacts to agricultural producers due to the dramatic increase in foraging activity?

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  • Contact Us

    Our team leads are very interested in your thoughts on the future of sustainable natural resources in the Willamette Valley. They're also great people to contact if you're interested in joining us in this effort as a partner.

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