Rare native plants in Oregon are protected on all non-federal public lands (state, city, county, etc.) under the Oregon Revised Statute 564.105
. This legislation places the responsibility for conservation of native plants with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) under Oregon Administrative Rules 603-073
. These rules include the current list of Oregon's Threatened and Endangered (T/E) plants
, and specify requirements for adding or removing plants from this list. Procedures for citizens wishing to petition ODA to list a new plant, reclassify a plant, or remove plants from the list are also included.
The petitioning process is intended to allow ODA to amend the T/E list in response to documented scientific evidence of increasing or decreasing threats to native plants as presented by Oregon citizens. Once a petition has been received by ODA, the agency is responsible for utilizing the criteria described in the rules to evaluate the evidence presented, and (providing the evidence is sufficient) commence the process of listing, reclassification or delisting as requested. Petitions which include all required information allow straight forward evaluation of the requested action “based on documented and verifiable scientific information about the species' biological status,” and make ODA's subsequent determination to list, delist or reclassify easily justifiable.