Posts Tagged ‘wildlife conservation’

WDFW Is Stayin’ Busy

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

If you think government agencies are nothing more than groups of bureaucratic layabouts, think again! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been busy recently dealing with very important matters affecting the Northwest’s outdoor enthusiasts. Here are just a few of the goings-on from a recent WDFW 4 meeting:

Wildlife damage response
After a year of working with citizen groups and landowners, the WDFW has adopted new rules addressing property and livestock damage caused by local wildlife. Some of the changes include dropping a $500 deductible on small claims, reducing the minimum amount for livestock claims to $500, and dropping the requirement that hunting be used as a way to deal with livestock depredation problems. The new rules will be posted on the WDFW website.


Sound Off on Steelhead and Salmon Conservation Plan

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Over the last 100 years, the population of natural salmon and steelhead in the Lower Columbia River has plummeted. Well, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has finally said, “No more!”

A few weeks ago, the ODFW released a plan for the conservation and recovery of these threatened species. Appropriately titled “The Lower Columbia River Conservation and Recovery Plan for Oregon Populations of Salmon and Steelhead,” this plan will identify the current population status of the fish, assess limiting factors and threats, develop adaptive changes, and monitor the effects. The plan’s main goal is to restore the salmon and steelhead populations to levels that don’t require protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.


Oregon Conservation Programs Receive RMEF Funds

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

elkGood news for Oregon parks and conservationists: Wildlife conservation programs in 12 different counties will receive a total of $153,500 from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010. The money will be split up between Benton, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Grant, Harney, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Union and Wallowa counties.

How will the money be used?