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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
Sauvie Island Liz Ruther (503) 621-3488 ext. 228 Columbia, Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, N. Marion (areas N. of Silverton), Yamhill
South Willamette Watershed District
Corvallis Jim Young (503) 757-4186 ext. 237 Counties: S. Marion, Polk
Corvallis Nancy Taylor
Jim Noyes
(541) 757-4186 ext. 236
(541) 757-4186 ext. 234
Counties: Linn, Benton
Springfield Chris Yee (541) 726-3515 ext. 27 Counties: Lane
North Coast Watershed District
Newport Doug Cottam
Nicholas Leonetti
(541) 867-4741 ext. 250
(541) 867-4741 ext. 255
Counties: Lincoln
Tillamook Herman Biederbeck
Dave Nuzum
(503) 842-2741
(503) 842-2741
Counties: Clatsop, Tillamook
Southwest Region
Umpqua Watershed District
Roseburg Bill Cannaday
(541) 440-3353 Counties: Douglas
Charleston Bill Kinyoun
(541) 888-5515 Counties: Coos
Rogue Watershed District
Central Point Steve Niemela
(541) 826-8774 Counties: Jackson, Josephine
Gold Beach Todd Confer
(541) 247-7605 Counties: Curry
High Desert Region
Deschutes Watershed District
Bend Larry Pecenka
(541) 388-6350 Watershed Landowner Incentives
Bend Steve George
(541) 388-6363 ext. 228
Counties: Deschutes, Jefferson(West of HWY 97 & SW of Crooked River), Northern Klamath
The Dalles Jeremy Thompson
(541) 296-4628
Counties: Hood River, Wasco, West half of Sherman
Prineville Brian Ferry
(541) 447-5111 ext. 26 Counties: Crook, other half of Jefferson(see above)
Klamath Watershed District
Klamath Falls Tom Collom
(541) 883-5732 Counties: Klamath
Lakeview Craig Foster
(541) 947-2950 Counties: Lake
Summer Lake Mary Jo Hedrick (541) 943-3324 Counties: Lake
Malheur Watershed District
Hines Rod Klusr
(541) 573-6582 Counties: Harney
Ontario Phil Milburn (541) 889-6975 ext. 23 Counties: Malheur
Northeast Region
John Day Watershed District
Pendleton Mark Kirsch
(541) 276-2344 Counties: Umatilla
Heppner Steve Cherry
(541) 676-5230

Counties: Morrow, Wheeler, Gilliam

John Day Ryan Torland
Greg Jackle
(541) 575-1167
(541) 575-1167
Counties: Grant
Grande Ronde Watershed District
La Grande Jim Cadwell
Leonard Erickson
(541) 963-2138 ext. 16
(541) 963-2138 ext.17
Counties: Union
Baker City Nick Myatt
Brian Ratliff
(541) 523-5832
(541) 523-5832
Counties: Baker
Enterprise Vic Coggins
Pat Mathews
(541) 426-3279
(541) 426-3279
Counties: Wallowa

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