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Guess what today is? It's wildlife conservation day!
Turns out Oregon is not exactly being praised for their efforts in wildlife conservation. Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is struggling to make ends meet and it seems they need to reconsider their approach.
Most of the ODFW’s money comes through fishing licenses and hunting tags. In turn leading them to have a strong incentive to focus their resources on the wildlife, we hunt and fish. Leaving a staggering number of non-hunted species to continue down the path to extinction.
Even with the funds they have, by the sound of it, ODFW has been unsuccessful in planning and implementing effective conservation strategies. They have been known to push conservation projects to complete in a year. When a normal project of this type (working with natural ecosystems and such) need at least 2-3 years to have a real effect. These projects were a total waste of money and time.
Another place ODFW seems to have fallen behind is in their ability to effectively track and report and log data. At one time it was estimated that 1,400 different file types were being used to document important data on all Oregon species.
WHAT! It’s almost 2017 and we still can’t get our data systems together.
We need to come up with a solution so that we can fund biologist to gather more information about species, that information can then be used to better protect species, and Oregon can start proactively protecting it’s endangered and threatened animals instead of just putting out fires.
Happy conservation day!
Now I want to hear from you. Would you support Kind Animal Services if we offered services that gave a portion of our profits to Oregon conservation efforts through Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife or another conservation agency in Oregon? I want to hear your thoughts on the matter.
That’s all for now,