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Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Program (WHCMP)

Purpose of the habitat program: Provide an incentive for habitat conservation

The Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Program (habitat program), administered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), is a cooperative effort involving state and local governments and other partners to help private landowners voluntarily conserve native wildlife habitat. The Oregon Legislature created the habitat program to offer an incentive for private landowners who want to provide wildlife habitat on their properties instead of, or in addition to, farming, growing timber or other land uses. Under the habitat program, land subject to an approved wildlife habitat conservation and management plan receives a wildlife habitat special assessment, where property taxes are assessed at the relatively low value that would apply if the land were being farmed or used for commercial forestry.

Objective of the habitat program: Preserve, enhance or improve significant native habitat

The objective of the habitat program is to preserve, enhance or improve the composition, structure or function of habitat for native wildlife species. Prior to 2003 the habitat program was available only to rural landowners with properties zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use. House Bill 3616 in 2003 added land that is clearly identifiable as containing significant wildlife habitat. Now, counties and cities can select lands for eligibility based on zoning and/or significant native wildlife habitat.


For more information contact:

Joy Vaughan
Land and Water Use Coordinator
Wildlife Division
(503) 947-6089

ODFW Field Offices and Staff Contacts
Northwest Region
North Willamette Watershed District
Clackamas Tonya Moore (971)-673-6000

Participating Counties: Columbia, Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, N. Marion  (areas  N. of Silverton), N. Polk

South Willamette Watershed District
Corvallis Nancy Taylor (541) 757-4186

Participating Counties: Benton, S. Marion, S. Polk

Springfield Chris Yee (541) 726-3515 ext. 27 Participating County: Lane (Eastern Lane County, outside of Coastal Zone)

Mid-Coast Watershed District

Newport Doug Cottam (541)-867-4741 Participating County: Lane (Western Lane County, within the Coastal Zone)
Southwest Region
Umpqua Watershed District
Roseburg Bill Cannaday
(541) 440-3353 Participating County: Douglas
High Desert Region
Deschutes Watershed District
Bend Nancy Breuner
(541) 388-6363

Participating County: Deschutes

The Dalles Jeremy Thompson
(541) 296-4628
Participating Counties: Hood River, Sherman
Klamath Watershed District
Lakeview Craig Foster
(541) 947-2950 Participating County: Lake
Summer Lake Mary Jo Hedrick (541) 943-3324 Participating County: Lake
Northeast Region
John Day Watershed District

Travis Schultz

(541) 676-5230

Participating Counties: Morrow, Wheeler


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