ORTWS-Logo_DetailedThe Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society (ORTWS) is a non-profit 501(c)3 professional organization and represents over 500 wildlife professionals in the state. One of our chapter’s goals is to provide information on wildlife issues to aid public discussion of natural resource management in our state and to promote the application of sound science in resource management decisions.


Our Mission

Promote wise conservation and management of wildlife resources in Oregon by serving and representing wildlife professionals.


ORTWS is an affiliated state chapter of The Wildlife Society. The Chapter has a long-standing tradition of supporting wildlife students and professionals in the state of Oregon, and we strive to provide members, land-owners, decision makers, and the public with up to date science-based information. Our Strategic Plan includes these goals and objectives:

Develop and maintain a program that facilitates professional development of natural resources professionals
  • Coordinate and develop training programs for resource professionals
  • Promote adherence to professional standards and ethics
Promote stewardship of wildlife and their habitats through the use of sound ecological information
  • Assume a leadership role in advocating policy, administrative rules, or laws that affect the conservation and stewardship of wildlife in Oregon
  • Encourage members to take action on matters affecting wildlife resources
  • Support publication and distribution of sound ecological information related to wildlife in Oregon
Increase public awareness and appreciation of wildlife
  • Seek opportunities for the Chapter to provide information on wildlife science, management, and policy to the public
  • Recognize groups and individuals for acting on behalf of the resource
  • Promote and assist in wildlife education programs in schools and communities
Develop an active and diverse membership and maintain an organization that provides excellence in member services
  • Actively promote membership within the Chapter
  • Explore opportunities for alternative membership categories
Develop a financial plan that allows accomplishment of Chapter Goals
  • Explore alternative staff and leadership structures for the Chapter
  • Provide periodic review of Chapter Goals and effectiveness for meeting Goals