The Center for Biological Diversity, which has staff in the Portland area, has put out a call for folks interested in wolf conservation to join them Aug. 5 at a meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The meeting will be in Salem, but we’re sharing this call on SIP for Portlanders with interests in biology, conservation and wolves.
The commission will discuss Oregon’s five-year plan for wolves, and it’s the first in a series of hearings in which the public can weigh in on a review of the plan. Other meetings will be held after a draft of the state’s wolf plan is released: Oct. 7 in La Grande and Dec. 2 in Salem. Final rule-making efforts are expected next year (2017).
The state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, which was adopted in 2005, undergoes reviews and updates every five years. Last year (2015), conflict arose after the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife voted to delist Oregon wolves. A number of scientists disagreed with the department’s position. CBD and others sued, and further actions in the state Legislature and courts hampered the lawsuit, which is now moving forward again.
The Aug. 5 meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE in Salem. It’s expected to last several hours. You can view an agenda for the meeting on ODFW’s website.
If you plan to attend the meeting with CBD to voice support for wolf conservation, the center requests you RSVP to Amaroq Weiss, its West Coast wolf organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The commission meeting is public, and anyone can attend, regardless of whether you plan to join with CBD in their lobbying efforts.