Environmental Studies PHS 100A
Warner Pacific College
June 15, 2011
Oregon has many different regulations that are designed to protect the environment. These regulations range from air quality regulations, to agriculture quality management. One of the most controversial and widely known regulations is that State Wildlife Protection law.
Oregon State wildlife laws are administered by the Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. Wildlife can be anything from fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles, to wild mammals. Different threatened species are classified as any native wildlife that the Fish and Wildlife Commission deems is likely to become an endangered species in the future, or any wildlife species that is listed as a threatened species pursuant to the Federal Endangered Species Act. An endangered species is defined as any native wildlife determined by the Fish and Wildlife Commission to be in danger of extinction or listed as endangered un the Federal Endangered Species Act.
In Oregon, the law states that no person can hunt or trap wildlife without a valid license, tag or permit. Endangered species that are defined as wildlife cannot be hunted trapped or killed without a license. Some animals that are classified as endangered species in Oregon are; the Northern Spotted Owl, the Gray Wolf, Columbian White Tailed Deer, the Bald Eagle, Pygmy Rabbit, and the Roosevelt Elk.
For many years, our environmental regulations have been updated and amended to affect the decline of certain wildlife in Oregon. Oregon's diverse and beautiful landscape provides a home for a diversity of fish and wildlife, from the forests to the lakes and wetland, thousands of different and amazing species depend on our land, they need water for rest, food for their young and ultimately the neccesities to survive.
In the state of Oregon, which has played an active role in Environmental Protection for many years, the goal is to protect and restore Oregons natural heritage and to ensure that our future generations will have the chance to fish, see bald eagles, and hear the animals of the wild calling to their mates.
So what can we do to help contribute to the masses? According to the Oregon Wildlife Division, their strategy is to believe in the growing recognition among Oregonians that the work of conserving our native habitats and species belongs to each and every one of us. There are a few groups out there that refuse to do so, because they believe that the lands purpose it to be consumed and used by us. In order to achieve long-term fish and wildlife conservation, we must all work together across Oregon.
One way that congress is helping to contribute is by passing bills worth millions that contribute to sustaining our environment and protecting our wildlife. In 2008, Congress passed a bill that included $73.8 million for State Wildlife Grants. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife received about $1 million dollars to put to work in the state of Oregon.
To quote a very intelligent man, Wallace Stegner, "How much wilderness do the wilderness lovers want? asked those who would mine and dig and cut and dam in such sanctuary spots as these. The answer is easy: Enough so that there will be in the years ahead a little relief, a little quiet, a little relaxation, for any of our increasing millions who need and want it". (1995, This is Dinosaur)
www.nasda,org "Environmental Laws Affecting Agricultures.