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Welcome to the Habitat Division

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The Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund is a new way for Oregonians to help protect and enhance wildlife species and their habitats and to create new opportunities for wildlife watching, urban conservation, community science, and other wildlife-associated recreation.

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Good habitat is the foundation of healthy fish and wildlife populations.

The purpose of the Habitat Division is to lead proactive, focused, and consistent efforts to protect, restore, and enhance habitat for Oregon’s fish and wildlife. Created in 2021, the division consists of the following programs:

Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Cap Wilderness
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Land Resources Program

Land Resources Program provides technical and policy assistance to local, state, federal agencies, and private landowners to ensure the habitat needs of fish and wildlife are considered within land use planning and proposed developments. Plans, supports, and communicates habitat conservation and climate adaptation priorities for the Department.

Good Neighbor Authority

The Land Resources Program oversees the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) program for ODFW.

Private Forest Accord Mitigation Fund

The Private Forest Accord Mitigation Fund was established in the 2022 Legislative Session (Senate Bills 1501 and 1502; House Bill 4055) as an outcome of the landmark agreement between timber and conservation groups to recommend changes to the Forest Practices Act.  The Private Forest Accord allows for forest practices to proceed with increased protections for natural resources, including the development of a habitat conservation plan (HCP) for aquatic species. The Private Forest Accord Mitigation Fund’s purpose is to fund projects that help aquatic species and habitats covered by the HCP, and is to be administered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Learn more about this important effort at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s webpage.

Water Program

Water Program collects and develops best available science on future instream priorities for fish and wildlife and provides technical and policy assistance in relevant regulatory and collaborative processes. Plans, supports, and communicates flow restoration and climate adaptation priorities for the Department.

The Hydropower Program functions within the Water Program and consists of a manager, statewide program leader, five regional hydropower coordinators and several implementation staff.

 Regional Habitat Programs

Western Oregon Stream Restoration Program

Western Oregon Stream Restoration Program plans, conducts and provides technical support for stream restoration projects in western Oregon.

Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program

Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program mitigates for habitat lost by construction of dams along the Willamette River watershed, through a cooperative effort funded by Bonneville Power.

Solar field trip
Solar field trip
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Regional Habitat Biologists provide habitat expertise for Oregon Conservation Strategy species and other species through landowner outreach, engagement with other agencies, non-government organizations and watershed councils, and assist in reviews of land management activities for the districts within their respective areas.

Oregon Conservation Strategy Farm Bill Biologists provides additional implementation capacity and biological expertise for development of Farm Bill Programs, Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Programs, Conservation Stewardship Programs, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wetland Reserve Easements, etc.

East Region Fish Habitat Program implements instream and riparian habitat restoration projects that directly benefit salmonid populations in Oregon.

 Learn more about Oregon's habitats

The Oregon Conservation Strategy (also referred to as the Conservation Strategy or Strategy) is an overarching state strategy for conserving fish and wildlife. It provides a shared set of priorities for addressing Oregon's conservation needs. The Conservation Strategy brings together the best available scientific information, and presents a menu of recommended voluntary actions and tools for all Oregonians to define their own conservation role.


Climate and Ocean Change Policy, Division 900

Climate adaptation is an essential lens through which Habitat Division views all its work.

  • Habitat protection and management is our best tool to respond to climate change
  • Understand potential risks and opportunities of climate change
  • Provide leadership in coordinated response
  • Preserve and enhance land and water quality and quantity to help build resiliency in fish and wildlife populations
  • Prioritize currently intact, functioning habitat

ODFW Fish and Wildlife Habitat Mitigation Policy, Division 415

The Fish and Wildlife Habitat Mitigation Policy provides guidance to ODFW in evaluating the potential impact of development actions on fish and wildlife habitat.

  • The policy classifies habitat into one of six categories depending upon the importance of habitat to a specific species of fish or wildlife
  • Sets guidelines to reduce, offset, or avoid the impact on fish and wildlife habitat
  • Guides ODFW’s own development actions, sets requirements for ODFW-issued permits, and provides a framework for ODFW recommendations to other permitting agencies

For more information, check out the guidance available on the mitigation policy webpage.


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