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Wildlife can be defined as non-domesticated animals and their associated habitats. The Oregon Conservation Strategy offers a blueprint for conservation of the state’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats.

When defining wildlife habitats, biologists generally consider both the type of vegetation and landscape a species uses.

The viewer allows users to both create species lists for different places in Oregon and learn about individual species.

It is the State's policy "to prevent the serious depletion of any indigenous species" (ORS 496.012), and in 1987 the Oregon Legislature enacted the Oregon Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Articles & Stories

A long history of conversations about sage-grouse in Oregon and throughout the Western U.S. has...
Meadowlark (courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) The Conservation Strategy charts a...
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order that created the first National...
The landscape of the Deschutes Basin include a wide variety of habitats for fish and wildlife. The...
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Maps and Tools

"A blueprint for conservation of the state’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats, the... more

Data Collections

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mapping tool that provides access to species occurrence data in the... more

About This Topic

Development of the site formerly known as the Oregon "Wildlife Explorer" resulted from collaboration among:

OSU Libraries and Press: OSU Libraries and Press engages with the OSU community and the people of Oregon in their pursuit of knowledge. The OSULP partnership with the Institute for Natural Resources supports delivery of information and services related to the protection and management of Oregon's vitally important natural resources through the Oregon Explorer natural resources digital library.

Institute for Natural Resources: The Institute for Natural Resources provides Oregonians with ready access to current, relevant science-based information, methods, and tools for better understanding natural resource management challenges and developing solutions. INR co-manages the Oregon Explorer with OSULP.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW): The mission of ODFW is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The Oregon Conservation Strategy is a blueprint for conservation of the state's native fish and wildlife and their habitats, the Strategy provides information on at-risk species and habitats, identifies key issues affecting them and recommends actions.

Funding for Phase 1 development of the Oregon Wildlife Explorer was provided through a grant from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's State Wildlife Grants program. State Wildlife Grant funds are provided to states by Congress through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In-kind support provided by OSU Libraries and Press and the Institute for Natural Resources.