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Sensitive Species

To provide a positive, proactive approach to species conservation, a “sensitive” species classification was created under Oregon’s Sensitive Species Rule (OAR 635-100-040). The Sensitive Species List focuses fish and wildlife management and research 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 under the Oregon Threatened and Endangered Species rules.

What is a Sensitive Species?

"Sensitive" refers to naturally-reproducing fish and wildlife species, subspecies, or populations which are facing one or more threats to their populations and/or habitats. Implementation of appropriate conservation measures to address the threats may prevent them from declining to the point of qualifying for threatened or endangered status.

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 ensure that conservation actions are prioritized, cost-efficient, and effective.

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