Fish & Wildlife

Tuesday, the Oregon Department of State Lands and the South Slough National Estuarine Reserve announced they purchased 240 acres in the Coos Estuary in October.

The land, known as the Indian Point Parcel, will become part of nearly 600 acres of protected wetlands.

Funds to purchase the parcel came from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant. It specifies the land must be used for educational and research purposes. South Slough manager Gary Cooper describes the early plans for the property:

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is recommending a rule change making barbed hooks legal inside certain areas of the lower Willamette River as well as Youngs Bay and Gnat Creek near Astoria.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife


A tiny, unsung fish that lives only in Oregon's Willamette Valley is suddenly in the limelight. The Oregon chub is a minnow that was listed as endangered more than 20 years ago. But it’s on the rebound. Three years ago, the species was upgraded to threatened status. Officials are now petitioning to make Oregon chub the first fish ever to be recovered and removed from the endangered species list.

Auer: "Hank! Come."

John Auer and his dog Hank are in the middle of his family's 900-acre farm near Monmouth.

Spotted Frog Proposal Revives Endangered Species Fears

Jan 30, 2014
Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Twenty-three years ago, the listing of the northern spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act was one of the factors that led to a sharply reduced Northwest timber harvest. Now, wildlife officials are proposing to list the Oregon spotted frog. If approved, this listing would not have nearly the far-reaching impact the spotted owl listing had. But, officials in Klamath County are pushing back against a proposal they fear will lead to intrusive and economically-damaging regulations.