WWP has been involved with grazing and public lands issues in Oregon for many years including successful litigation challenging grazing in the Louse Canyon Geographic Management Area in southeast Oregon to protect sage-grouse habitat, and on the Malheur National Forest, where livestock degrade the habitat of endangered steelhead trout. The new location will help WWP deepen its involvement in these issues throughout the state.
Much of the Oregon landscape is shrub steppe and livestock grazing is the predominant use of public lands east of the Cascades. The BLM manages over 13 million acres of arid public lands in the state, including 92 Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs), 85 wilderness study areas, and many miles of wild and scenic rivers. These BLM lands include more than 10 million acres of habitat for Greater sage-grouse. A multitude of other special-status species are also found there: Lahontan cutthroat trout; Interior redband trout; bull trout; Columbia spotted frog; pygmy rabbit; Kit fox; Yellow-billed Cuckoo; Grasshopper sparrow; and Pallid bat to name only a handful. Wolves are also making a comeback in the state. Other valuable wildlife habitats in southeast Oregon include Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area, and Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Many of these remarkable areas and species will benefit from the additional oversight that WWP can provide.
WWP members and staff also currently monitor important field locations in Oregon, including Bully Creek and the Owyhee Canyonlands on the Vale Bureau of Land Management (BLM) district, in addition to many areas in Idaho and Nevada contiguous to Oregon public lands. This work will continue and increase in coming months.
Please feel free to contact the Oregon offices if you have any questions or want to get involved.
126 NE Alberta St, Ste 208
Portland, OR 97211-2665
tel: (208) 421-4637
fax: (208) 475-4702
PO Box 8359
Bend, OR 97708
tel: (541) 255-6039
fax: (208) 475-4702