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Compass: Mapping Oregon’s wildlife habitats - An online data and planning tool

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First-of-its-kind online fish and wildlife habitat map charts Oregon’s crucial landscapes

Welcome to Compass, the Centralized Oregon Mapping Products and Analysis Support System. This online system of maps helps you make informed land use decisions related to fish and wildlife habitats as you plan energy, transportation, conservation and other large projects.

The easy to use mapping tool will help conserve landscapes crucial to the health of fish and wildlife by providing spatial information on species, habitats and natural resources.

  • Explore: Access crucial habitat map layers including terrestrial and aquatic species and habitats.
  • Save time: This non-regulatory mapping system helps you identify potential issues—species of concern or winter range habitat, for example—in advance of the permitting process.
  • Conserve: Conserve habitats by reviewing spatial information on natural resources and identifying potential impacts and opportunities within your assessment.
  • Decide where to work: Identify the best places to invest conservation dollars.

Examples of data layers

  • Terrestrial Species of Concern
  • Aquatic Species of Concern
  • Terrestrial Species of Economic and Recreational Importance
  • Wetlands and Riparian Areas
  • Freshwater Integrity
  • Landscape Connectivity and Large Natural Areas
  • ODFW datasets: Conservation Opportunity Areas, Sage-Grouse Core Areas, Priority Fish Passage Barriers, Big Game Winter Range and Vector Control Guidance Data (NEW!)
  • Access to real-time data provided by partner agencies such as fires, stream gauges, and weather stations


ODFW Compass provides coarse-scale, non-regulatory fish and wildlife information, and crucial habitat layers emphasize areas documented as containing important natural resources. Compass is intended to support early planning for large-scale land-use, development, or conservation projects, and most layers do not provide detailed information on site-specific locations or streams.

The data and analyses within Compass are based on best available information at the time of aggregation, and are expected to be updated regularly. Users of this data are encouraged to check here for data updates, and use the provided documentation to better understand the results and methodologies presented.


Compass was developed in cooperation with the Western Governors' Association Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (WGA CHAT), launched in December 2013. Created by state wildlife agencies across the West, it uses a common framework to define "Crucial Habitat.” In March, 2015 the WGA CHAT was transitioned to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and is now available at Primary funding of the project was provided by the US Department of Energy, with additional funds from the Bureau of Land Management and in-kind contributions by ODFW.


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