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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Wildlife

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Wildlife
Roosevelt Elk at Dean Creek watchable wildlife site in the Coos Bay District. Photo by Jim Brende.

The BLM lands in Oregon and Washington have a diverse array of wildlife species and habitats.

The public has the opportunity to explore the ecology of coastal systems, old growth forests, high desert shrub-steppe communities, juniper woodlands, grasslands, and other communities occupied by a plethora of wildlife species.

The Resource Management Plans (RMPs) that guide the management of public lands address the needs of fish and wildlife species.

Special attention is given to the habitats of endangered or threatened and migratory species.

The Northwest Forest Plan included Survey and Manage mitigation measures, which provided protection for approximately 350 rare or little-known species of plants and animals associated with late-successional, old-growth forests. more>>

The BLM cooperates closely with state wildlife management agencies in improving fish and wildlife habitat conditions, restoring animal populations, providing forage and water, and managing habitats to attain appropriate wildlife population levels. The BLM also welcomes and encourages the cooperation of wildlife groups, sports clubs, and others interested in wildlife management.

Northwest Interagency Endangered Species Act

The Northwest Interagency website of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA-Fisheries, Bureau of Land Management, and US Forest Service contains information on both the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Streamlined Consultation Process. more>>

Sage Brush Wildlife

The Sage Brush ecosystem is home to unique plant and wildlife species, and is very important to the overall ecological health of Eastern Oregon. Many birds and mammals depend on sagebrush ecosystems in the western United States for survival. Plants and animals that can survive only in communities dominated by sagebrush are called sagebrush obligate species. Sage grouse, which are a highly visible and distinguished bird, are one such obligate species associated with sagebrush. In the last century, drastic changes caused by livestock grazing, conversion of lands to agriculture, the introduction of exotic plant species, and fire have resulted in alteration of the vegetation community or caused extensive fragmentation and loss of shrublands throughout the Intermountain West. Such changes in local vegetation communities and the loss of sagebrush ecosystems from the landscape are negatively affecting many of the more than 350 species of plants and animals that depend on sagebrush ecosystems for all or part of their existence.

The Sage Brush ecosystem includes many sage brush dependent species including Sage-grouse as well as Pygmy Rabbit, Mule Deer, and Golden Eagles. Other example of Sage steppe obligates include sage sparrow, ferruginous hawks, Brewer's sparrow, sage thrasher, and sagebrush vole. The Sage Brush ecosystem includes many botanical species. Additional information can be found here: