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 Willamette Valley Conservation Study provides an essential blueprint for stabilizing and recovering many imperiled and priority species in the Willamette Valley. This study provides direction on the much needed answers to ‘how much’ and ‘where’ we need to concentrate for the biggest conservation gains.” - Bob Altman, American Bird Conservancy; February 14, 2017
“The Willamette Valley Conservation Study is a valuable resource for Greenbelt Land Trust as we work to identify priority areas to focus our future conservation investments.” - Michael Pope, Executive Director, Greenbelt Land Trust, February 6, 2017
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to extend our support for the Willamette Valley Conservation Study. The study is a strong compliment to the Oregon Conservation Strategy and builds on existing partnerships and efforts in the Willamette River basin to reverse declines of native species and habitats for the benefit of Oregonian’s.
Steve Marx, West Region Manager