The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) helps protect endangered and threatened species in a number of ways:
- Helps educate pesticide users on current pesticide label language designed to protect waterways, endangered fish and aquatic organisms, plants, insects, and animal species, and critical habitats.
- Works with cooperative extension services and others to provide endangered species information.
- Provides comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the feasibility of proposed mitigation measures during EPA’s standard processes of registration and registration review.
- Reviews and comments on EPA’s draft bulletins.
- Establishes and maintains relationships with local and regional fish and wildlife agencies, and uses information to incorporate mitigation measures on Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Section 24(c) labels, and FIFRA Section 18 instructions.
- Enforces the Pesticide Control Act, including enforcement of restrictions on pesticide labels.
- Makes referrals to wildlife agencies or other agencies in the case of an incident.