To provide a positive, proactive approach to species conservation, a “sensitive” species classification was created under Oregon’s Sensitive Species Rule (OAR 635-100-0040). The Sensitive Species List focuses fish and wildlife conservation, management, and research and monitoring activities on species that need conservation attention. Although the intent of the Sensitive Species List is to prevent species from declining to the point of qualifying as threatened or endangered, this list is not used as a “candidate” list for species to be considered for listing on Oregon’s State List of Threatened and Endangered Species (OAR 635-100-0125).
What is a “Sensitive Species”?
"Sensitive" refers to fish and wildlife that are facing one or more threats to their populations and/or habitats. Consistent with OAR 635-100-0040(2), “Sensitive Species” are defined as having small or declining populations, are at-risk, and/or are of management concern. Implementation of appropriate conservation measures to address existing or potential threats may prevent them from declining to the point of qualifying for threatened or endangered status.
For the purpose of the Sensitive Species List, “species” refers to any group (taxon) of fish or wildlife that interbreeds and is substantially reproductively isolated. This interpretation of the term “species” may include species, subspecies, or a geographically-specific population grouping of a species or subspecies.
What is the purpose of ODFW’s Sensitive Species List?
The Sensitive Species List serves as an early warning system for biologists, land managers, policy makers, and the public. It helps to ensure that conservation actions are prioritized, cost-efficient, and effective.