A photo of a Northern Spotted Owl perched on a mossy branch.

2022 Legislative Agenda

The Oregon Legislature is meeting for a “short session” this year. Only 35 days long, this session moves very quickly, and legislation that is not scheduled for a committee hearing in the first week is largely dead on arrival. Portland Audubon is prioritizing several important wildlife bills that have already cleared this first hurdle.

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A Northern Spotted Owl perches on a mossy branch, while looking up towards the upper tree canopy.

Two Big Wins for Oregon Forests!

With the passage of the Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA), as well as the bill to create the Elliott State Research Forest, we transcended decades of conflict and advanced the Elliott and the OFPA riparian management into a new era of conservation, collaboration and science-based management.

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Oregon Semaphore grass being held in two hands

Planting Flags of Hope

Oregon semaphore grass is among the rarest grasses in the United States and it has only a handful of naturally occurring populations in Eastern Oregon. Due to the rarity of this grass, and due to habitat loss, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) began reintroduction efforts in the early 2000s.

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A Northern Spotted Owl perches on a mossy branch, while looking up towards the upper tree canopy.

Major Forest Protections to Advance in 2022 Legislative Session

The 2022 short legislative session, which runs from February through mid-March, will see at least two bills that could considerably advance forest conservation in Oregon. Both pieces of legislation have the potential to realize significant advancement on two of the most hotly contested forest issues of the past decade, and both are the result of intense and extensive negotiations.

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