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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 with the governor’s office.

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



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Article about Wildlife Biologists and Zoologists in Oregon

See the article posted by the State of Oregon for interesting information related to Wildlife Biologists in Oregon.  Good information for early professionals and those considering the wildlife profession.

California Condor Reintroduction Planned for Redwood National Park! Public meetings to receive input on the California Condor Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment scheduled in Oregon.


News Release

January 19, 2017

California Condor Reintroduction Planned for Redwood National Park

The National Park Service (NPS), the Yurok Tribe (tribe), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will be holding five public meetings to present a plan to reintroduce California condors into Redwood National Park in northwestern California . The project would continue efforts to restore condors in California and would further the goal of returning the condor into its historical range by expanding the geographic scope of recovery efforts already in progress in southern and central California, the Southwest, and Baja California, Mexico.

The NPS, Yurok Tribe, and the USFWS are among 16 partners teaming up in this effort to return the largest land bird in North America into its historical range in Yurok Ancestral Territory. The partners signed an agreement to cooperate in support of conservation of this iconic species. The agreement can be found at

Due to a number of factors, including lead poisoning, the California condor was on the verge of extinction in the 1980s. Over the last several decades, conservationists and scientists have committed to saving condors from extinction and reintroducing birds into the wild. The number of condors in captivity and in the wild has increased from a low of 22 birds to over 400. Since 2003, the Yurok Tribe has spearheaded efforts to reintroduce condors into the Pacific Northwest, where the bird has not been seen for more than a century. Reintroduction into Redwood National Park would contribute to the recovery of this species through reestablishing a breeding population within its historical range.

“The park is excited to work with the Yurok Tribe and our partners to return the California condor to its historic range along the north coast of California,” said Redwood National Park superintendent Steven Prokop. “This cooperative effort to expand the current range of condors is critical to the long-term survival of California condors. Condors are a key factor in the ecological and cultural vitality of the redwood ecosystem.”

“Partnering with Redwood National Park at this point makes sense for the successful restoration of this sacred bird in our Yurok ancestral territory,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “The Yurok Tribe has been working diligently to make the condor re-introduction a reality and we are very close to completing our goal of seeing prey-go-neesh fly over Yurok skies.”

Despite a century-long absence from the Pacific Northwest, the bird has continued to play an important role in Yurok tribal ceremonies. In support of condor recovery, the tribe has undertaken the scientific groundwork needed to determine if the region still has the ecological capacity to support this large vulture. Results of the work indicate that the sparsely populated redwood coast contains ample nesting, foraging, and breeding habitat. This habitat is quite different from other recovery areas in central and southern California, the Southwest, and Baja California, Mexico. Reintroduction along the northern California coast would greatly diversify resources available to the species.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is excited about the potential to bring back California condors to the Pacific Northwest,” said Amedee Brickey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service California condor coordinator. “This effort should improve our ability to recover this iconic species by having multiple populations of condors throughout their historical range.”

The proposed reintroduction program includes establishing a release facility and monitoring program in Redwood National Park. The NPS, USFWS, and Yurok Tribe are preparing a plan to examine impacts of condor reintroduction on the natural and human environment in the park and the region.

The public meeting schedule and locations in northern California and Oregon in January 2017 to receive input on the California Condor Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment are

Monday, January 23, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
US Fish and Wildlife Offices
2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento CA 95825

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wharfinger Bldg.
1 Marina Way
Eureka CA 95501

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Yurok Tribe Headquarters
190 Klamath Blvd
Klamath CA 95548

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Jackson County Auditorium
7520 Table Rock Road
Central Point OR 97502

Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland OR 97221

The public is urged to look at the project website at for information on the project and how to comment. Comments will be accepted at the meetings or through the website through February 28, 2017. Comments will be used to develop the plan which will be available for additional public review and comment. A decision on the reintroduction program is scheduled for October 2017.

For more information, contact Redwood National Park deputy superintendent Dave Roemer at 707-465-7700, Yurok Tribe Wildlife Program Manager Matt Mais at 707-954-0976, or US Fish and Wildlife Service California condor coordinator Amedee Brickey at




Former ORTWS president, Fran Cafferata Coe, receives SAF National Award!!

For Immediate Release                                                                                                 Lisa Swann, SAF

October 12, 2016

Francesca Cafferata Coe Receives Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Award

(Bethesda, MD)—Francesca (Fran) Cafferata Coe of Hillsboro, Oregon, will receive the Young Forester Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the forestry profession. She will be recognized during a ceremony at the 2016 SAF National Convention, November 2–6, in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Young Forester Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership by a young forestry professional in the development and promotion of an individual program or project, or for a sustained leadership role benefiting the practice of forestry and the Society of American Foresters. The engraved award includes a cash honorarium of $500.

Cafferata Coe, a member of SAF since 2007, graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science in 2000, with a strong emphasis in the interactions between forests and wildlife. Cafferata Coe is a leader in both SAF and The Wildlife Society; she serves as the Oregon SAF liaison to TWS. Coe is the owner of a small consulting firm, Cafferata Consulting, LLC, a natural resource consulting firm specializing in helping forest landowners and managers understand how to effectively manage their forests for both healthy wildlife populations and sustainable timber production.

“This year’s national award recipients join a group of elite individuals who have demonstrated unusual dedication to the practice and promotion of forestry,” said Matt Menashes, CEO of SAF.

The awards process is a rigorous one. It begins with written nominations and references by professional peers. The Forest Science and Technology Board or the Committee on Professional Recognition then reviews the nominations. These bodies forward their recommendations to the SAF Board of Directors for its review and approval. The review process produces candidates with a national profile and a comprehensive history of sustained contributions to the forestry profession and service to the public.