Save the Date – 2018 Annual Meeting

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Member Spotlight – John Goodell

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Present Position: Owner/Principle Northwest Avian Resources

Former Positions: Curator of Natural History at the High Desert Museum 2012-2016; Wildlife Scientist, Intermountain Aquatics 2006-2011; Field Biologist, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Non-game Avian Program 1996-2005.
TWS Involvement: Past Board member, Lead (Pb) & Wildlife Workshops; Legislative and Conservation Committees, ORTWS liaison to Oregon Conservation Fund/Task Force.
Interest: While numerous conservation challenges are important to our professional community, conservation funding is unquestionable the overarching priority. Securing broad-based, sustainable funding not only supports the priorities of the Oregon Conservation Strategy but will address unforeseen challenges. No other topic has more implications to our professional landscape.
My other interests include avian ecology, raptor lead (Pb) science, habitat restoration, sagebrush-steppe ecology and natural history interpretation and exhibits.

Job Opportunity: Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator)

Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator)

NRS3 Wildlife Connectivity Coord 2017

REMINDER: ORTWS event July 17th in Portland

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SB644 – Your help is needed!

The Oregon House of Legislators has just passed SB644. This bill would allow counties to approve mining permits on exclusive farm use zoned land, without needing to abide by state land use planning goals or administrative rules. This legislation raises concerns for conservation planning, because although allowances are made for sage-grouse conservation, there are a wide variety of other species that use these habitats. No provisions for consideration of impacts to other species conservation requirements are made within SB644. Resource management biologists worked diligently throughout the state to scientifically classify and delineate these essential protection areas.  There are thousands of such acres adjacent to and near rural communities that provide vital deer and elk winter range, native bird shrub and grassland habitats, waterfowl wetlands, and stream habitats for aquatic species that would be susceptible to damage or elimination under the provisions of this bill.

Please take a minute to write the governor to share your perspectives on the potential impacts of changing land use planning requirements on wildlife resources. Send comments to jason.miner@oregon.gov with the governor’s office.

Thank you for your time and effort with these very important legislative issues.

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