Oregon's state forests provide habitat for a variety of species, including 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 or drawbacks that an HCP could provide on Board of Forestry (BOF) and Common School Forest Lands (CSFL) in western Oregon that are managed by ODF. Note that the Elliott State Forest is no longer managed by ODF and is not part of this process.
The agency is embarking on a multi-phased approach to fully evaluate what a Western Oregon HCP would mean for state forests covered under the HCP. The first phase included a business case analysis
to evaluate 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.
Current status - This project is currently in Phase 2: Strategy Development and Stakeholder Engagement. This phase is expected to conclude with a first administrative draft of a Habitat Conservation Plan that would be presented to the Board of Forestry in October 2020. This will provide the Board with the information needed to determine if it is in the best interest of the state to continue with Phase 3: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis.
The mutliagency governance structure consists of a Steering Committee and Scoping Team. The Scoping Team is comprised of technical experts from ODF, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries and Oregon State University. The Scoping Team 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, Oregon Department of State Lands, U.S. FWS and NOAA Fisheries - will be developing the mission, goals and objectives for a western Oregon HCP and providing policy direction to the scoping team.
- 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. Past meeting presentations are posted on this page under "Resources," and future meeting notices will be posted on this page. These 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.
Meetings Open to the Public
What: An update on the Western Oregon Habitat Conservation Plan process. The meeting will be an opportunity to:
Learn about the forest goals and objectives and provide input
Hear updates about the Western Oregon HCP and the progress in developing the conservation strategies, including a a high-level overview of the methodology for habitat modelling and timber harvest modeling and the conceptual framework of aquatic and terrestrial conservation strategies
When: 1–3 p.m. meeting, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Informal discussion period with meeting participants to ask questions and discuss topics of most interest to participants.
RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking here
Due to COVID-19 exposure concerns, this will be a virtual-only meeting. Virtual participation is available via Zoom webinar, and a listen only-option is available via phone call-in. A post-meeting recording will be posted on the ODF YouTube channel. Instructions to participate and listen are as follows:
To ask questions and provide input during the meeting, participants must use the Zoom webinar platform. Join the meeting by:
From your computer go to: https://odf.zoom.us/j/177258477.
For best call quality, use your phone to dial into the meeting: Dial 669-900-6833 and enter Meeting ID 177 258 477, and then enter the unique two-digit Participant ID that shows up on your computer after you join the meeting. Alternatively, you may use your computer audio by following the prompts in the weblink above.
Note that if you join by phone only and do not use the weblink, you'll be able to listen to the meeting but will not be able to provide input or ask questions.
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street, Building C – Tillamook Room, Salem, OR 97310
FMP and HCP Materials
Habitat Conservation Plan Materials
Steering Committee Meetings
Jan. 23, 2020
Dec. 6, 2019
Aug. 29, 2019 Meeting
May 29, 2019 Meeting
April 30, 2019 Meeting
March 8, 2019 Meeting
February 7, 2019 Meeting
October 5, 2018 Meeting
Scoping Team Meetings
May 5, 2020 Meeting
April 28, 2020 Meeting
April 7, 2020 Meeting
March 18, 2020 Meeting
March 3, 2020 Meeting
Feb. 25, 2020 Meeting
Feb. 4, 2020 Meeting
Jan. 28, 2020 Meeting
Jan. 7, 2020 Meeting
Dec. 3, 2019 Meeting
Nov. 20, 2019 Meeting
Nov. 5, 2019 Meeting
Oct. 1, 2019 Meeting
Sept. 3, 2019 Meeting
Aug. 6, 2019 Meeting
June 4, 2019 Meeting
May 7, 2019 Meeting
April 2, 2019 Meeting
March 5, 2019 Meeting
Feb. 13, 2019 Meeting
Dec. 11, 2018 Meeting
Oct. 19, 2018 Meeting