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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.



ORTWS comments on House Bill 3228

The change in policy ties directly into engaging non-consumptive users in ownership of the wildlife management agencies and clarifies ODFW’s role for staff, managers, elected officials and the public. Read ORTWS’ testimony in support of HB3228 here.

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650 would dedicate $1.3 billon to state conservation programs

Following the recent recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources, Congressman Don Young (R-AL) and Congresswomen Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650) in the House of Representatives on July 6.

If passed, the legislation would dedicate $1.3 billion in federal funds annually to state conservation programs – a development holding significant promise for funding ODFW and the Oregon Conservation Strategy.


2015 Summer E-Raven Newsletter now available

Click on the following link 2015 Summer Newsletter to read the latest happenings with ORTWS

CANCELED: Legislative Action! Meet with Representative Dan Rayfield


This event has been canceled due to low RSVP. If you are interested in seeing this event happen, please contact Vee Blackstone at


Join ORTWS for the next in our Legislative Outreach series. We are hosting a Meet and Greet with State Representative Dan Rayfield on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10:15 – 11:15 AM at Natural Grocers in Corvallis.

Dan is the representative for House District 16, covering Corvallis. To see a map of his district, click here. To find out more about Rep. Rayfield, visit his website here!

WHEN: Saturday February 21 10:15 – 11:15 AM

WHERE: 1235 NW 10th Street Corvallis, OR 97330

Why is this important? Rep Rayfield is the House co-chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Natural Resources. He and the Senate co-chair head up the committee that makes most of the budget decisions on natural resources issues, including wildlife management. The co-chairs of the full Ways and Means Committee make major decisions, such as how much money will go to natural resources budgets, and the subcommittee will then decide how that money is divided up.

So, letting Rep. Rayfield know that ORTWS is here to provide sound scientific information to help him with those decisions is a pretty big deal!

Meeting Agenda: Introductions around, Rep Rayfield will speak a bit, and ORTWS will inform Rep Rayfield about us and our membership, the Oregon Conservation Strategy, and our interests. Then we will have Q and A from the membership!

Please RSVP to Vee Blackstone at so that we can ensure a good, supportive turn out.  Our goal is to have at least 20 members there, and students are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Can’t make it but have a question? Sent it to Vee Blackstone and she will ask it for you!