1000 Friends of Oregon

Although wildlife management is not typically within 1000 Friends' mission, we felt we needed to be involved with the Oregon sage grouse conservation plan for two reasons: first, wildlife management on private lands is accomplished through Goal 5 of the land use system – something that 1000 Friends understands as well as anyone else out there; second, we believed that without our perspective, this plan had the potential to adversely impact farmers and ranchers – two groups that we work hard to support throughout the state.

Our primary message to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) was that the proposed plan contained a paradox regarding good management for sage grouse on private land. Under the proposal, farmers and ranchers who effectively manage for healthy sage grouse populations risked the greatest regulation when the species is eventually added to the endangered species list. Meanwhile, landowners who have good potential habitat, but no sage grouse populations, would not see regulation under the original proposal. We argued that this situation needed to be reversed. Specifically, we argued that private landowners with scientifically-verifiable, management success should be recognized and studied as the model for simultaneous success in maintaining productive land and healthy sage grouse populations. We recommended that rewards should be given to those who can demonstrate management techniques that improve sage grouse population health.


  • Southern Oregon
    • Greg Holmes
    • greg@friends.org
    • PO Box 2442
    • Grants Pass, OR 97528
    • (541) 474-1155
    • Fax: (541) 474-9389
  • Willamette Valley
    • Mia Nelson
    • mia@friends.org
    • PO Box 51252
    • Eugene, OR 97405
    • (541) 520-3763

Contact 1000 Friends of Oregon

Jason Miner
Executive Director
133 SW 2nd Ave
Ste 201
Portland, Oregon  97204-3524
Phone: (503) 497-1000
Fax: (503) 223-0073


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  • Oregon

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