Merkley, Wyden, Hoyle Announce $1 Million for Endangered Species Protections in Oregon 

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Oregon’s U.S. Representative Val Hoyle (OR-04) announced today that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is awarding $1 million for the Oregon Private Forest Accord Aquatic Species Habitat Conservation Plan. 

“Endangered species are critical parts of Oregon’s ecosystems, particularly aquatic habitats,” said Senator Merkley, Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the USFWS. “These efforts by the Fish and Wildlife Service to protect habitats for endangered species are crucial to ensuring future generations are able to experience the same excitement and wonder in nature that we do today.” 

“Our good fortune as Oregonians to live in a state with such natural marvels requires action to protect endangered species,” Wyden said. “This $1 million federal investment to protect endangered species is just the kind of action that’s needed to ensure our treasures can be enjoyed and appreciated for generations to come.”

“I’m pleased to see $1 million in federal funding going to support the implementation of the State of Oregon’s Private Forest Accords’ Aquatic Species Habitat Conservation Plan,” said Rep. Hoyle. “These funds are a testament to the power of the collaborative agreement by stakeholders to improve good forest stewardship, protect fish habitat on private lands, and maintain sustainable and predictable timber production.”

This funding is part of a larger $40.6 million investment by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support land acquisition and conservation planning projects on over 7,200 acres of habitat for 65 listed and at-risk species through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF).