Oregon’s state forests provide habitat for a variety of species. This includes some listed as endangered or threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, like the Northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet. Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) can serve as a more holistic and cost-effective way to comply with the Endangered Species Act. Currently the Oregon Department of Forestry is evaluating the potential advances and drawbacks that an HCP could provide on Board of Forestry (BOF) lands in western Oregon.
The agency is embarking on a multi-phased approach to fully evaluate what an HCP would mean for Oregon's state forests. The first phase included a business case analysis
to evaluate potential cost and revenue impacts of pursuing an HCP as an alternative approach to ESA compliance. This cost-based analysis compared state forests under an HCP and a no-HCP scenario. The comparisons found that there was greater opportunity under a potential HCP to better protect high-value habitat while also expanding land available for harvest.
- On Nov. 8, 2018, staff presented
the findings of Phase 1: HCP Initiation and Scoping to the Board of Forestry. The Board unanimously voted to move forward with Phase 2: Strategy Development and Stakeholder Engagement. A Scoping Team comprised of technical experts from ODF, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and NOAA Fisheries will work collaboratively to develop conservation strategies for consideration in a potential HCP. A multi-agency steering committee - including ODF, ODFW, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Department of State Lands, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries - will be developing the mission, goals, and objectives for a western Oregon HCP and providing policy direction to the scoping team.
- An HCP Public Kick-Off Meeting will be held Thursday, March 21 in Salem with options to attend in-person and via webinar. The presentation will be from 1-3 p.m. with an informal meet-n-greet from 3-4 p.m. with the project team at Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. RSVP is requested; you can do so by clicking here.
To date, ODF has hosted informational meetings prior to each Board of Forestry meeting to provide an opportunity for the public, stakeholders, department staff and consultants to share concerns and ideas for improvement. Meeting dates and information will be listed here.
This effort will be expanded as Phase 2 commences. This will provide an opportunity for two-way dialogue between the public, stakeholders, department staff and consultants to share concerns and ideas for improvement. You can also click here to receive notifications and updates regarding the HCP process and upcoming meetings.
Project Manager: Cindy Kolomechuk, 503-945-7731