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DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

 

DIVISION 140

GREATER SAGE-GROUSE CONSERVATION STRATEGY FOR OREGON

 

635-140-0000

Purpose

These administrative rules establish the state policy for the protection and enhancement of Greater Sage-Grouse in Oregon. The Commission anticipates that these policies will be implemented by Department staff as described in the "Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon" plan, most of which is not, however, incorporated into this rule. (Copies of the plan are available through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.) OAR 635-140-0005 and 635-140-0010 incorporate into rule those portions of the plan which set population and habitat management objectives. OAR 635-140-0015 incorporates those portions of the plan which govern the Department’s core area strategy and recommendations concerning conservation and mitigation.

Stats. Auth.: ORS 496.012, 496.138, 496.146 & 496.162
Stats Implemented: ORS 496.012, 496.138, 496.146 & 496.162
Hist.: DFW 94-2005, f. & cert. ef. 8-19-05; DFW 37-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-4-11

635-140-0005

Population Management

In accordance with the Wildlife Policy (ORS 496.012), the primary goal is to restore, maintain and enhance populations of greater sage-grouse such that multiple uses of populations and their habitats can continue. Regional and state population objectives shall be identified based on the best information available.

(1) Policy: Manage greater sage-grouse statewide to maintain or enhance their abundance and distribution at the 2003 spring breeding population level, approximately 30,000 birds over the next 50 years.

(2) Objectives: Consistent with the population management policy, achieve the following regional population objectives:

(a) Baker Resource Area BLM: maintain or enhance greater sage-grouse abundance and distribution at the 2003 spring breeding population level, approximately 2,000 birds.

(b) Vale District BLM excluding Baker Resource Area BLM): maintain or enhance greater sage-grouse abundance and distribution at the 2003 spring breeding population level, approximately 11,000 birds.

(c) Burns District BLM: maintain or enhance greater sage-grouse abundance and distribution at the 2003 spring breeding population level, approximately 4,300 birds.

(d) Lakeview District BLM: maintain or enhance greater sage-grouse abundance and distribution at the 2003 spring breeding population level, approximately 9,400 birds.

(e) Prineville District BLM: restore greater sage-grouse abundance and distribution near the 1980 spring breeding population level, approximately 3,000 birds.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 496.012, 496.138, 496.146 & 496.162
Stats. Implemented: ORS 496.012, 496.138, 496.146 & 496.162
Hist.: DFW 94-2005, f. & cert. ef. 8-19-05; DFW 37-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-4-11

635-140-0010

Habitat Objectives

(1) The habitat goals are to:

(a) Maintain or enhance the distribution of sagebrush habitats within greater sage-grouse range in Oregon; and

(b) Manage those habitats in a variety of structural stages to benefit greater sage-grouse.

(2) Policy: Manage a minimum of 70% of greater sage-grouse range for sagebrush habitat in advanced structural stages, sagebrush class 3, 4 or 5, with an emphasis on classes 4 and 5. The remaining approximately 30% includes areas of juniper encroachment, non-sagebrush shrubland, and grassland and should be managed to increase available habitat within greater sage-grouse range.

(3) Objective: To maintain and enhance existing sagebrush habitats and enhance potential habitats that have been disturbed such that there is no net loss of sagebrush habitat in the following regions:

(a) Baker Resource Area BLM: 82% sagebrush and 18% disturbed habitats.

(b) Vale District BLM (excluding Baker Resource Area): 70% sagebrush and 30% disturbed habitats.

(c) Burns District BLM: 68% sagebrush and 32% disturbed habitats.

(d) Lakeview District BLM: 72% sagebrush and 28% disturbed habitats.

(e) Prineville District BLM: 47% sagebrush and 53% disturbed habitats.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 496.012, 496.138, 496.146 & 496.162
Stats. Implemented: ORS 496.012, 496.138, 496.146 & 496.162
Hist.: DFW 94-2005, f. & cert. ef. 8-19-05; DFW 37-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-4-11

635-140-0015

Core Area Approach to Conservation

Technical terms used in this section are defined in the Glossary of the Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon adopted by the Commission on April 22, 2011 (copies of the plan are available through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife).

(1) The goal of establishing core areas is to address greater sage-grouse management from a conservation biology perspective that identifies the most productive populations and habitats that meets all life history needs.

(a) Policy 1. The Department shall develop and maintain maps that identify core area habitats necessary to conserve 90% of Oregon’s greater sage-grouse population with emphasis on highest density and important use areas which provide for breeding, wintering and connectivity corridors. Objective 1. Consistent with Policy 1, the Department shall use the following criteria to define core area habitat. All sagebrush types or other habitats that support greater sage-grouse that are encompassed by areas:

(A) Of very high, high and moderate lek density strata;

(B) Where low lek density strata overlap local connectivity corridors; or

(C) Where winter habitat-use polygons overlap with either low lek density strata, connectivity corridors, or occupied habitat.

(b) Policy 2. The Department shall develop and maintain maps that identify low density habitat which provide breeding, summer, and migratory habitats of the Oregon statewide greater sage-grouse population. Objective 2. Consistent with Policy 2, the Department shall use the following criteria to define low density habitat. All sagebrush types or other habitats that support greater sage-grouse that are encompassed by areas where:

(A) Low lek density overlapped with seasonal connectivity corridors;

(B) Local corridors occurred outside of all lek density strata;

(C) Low lek density strata occur outside of connectivity corridors; or

(D) Seasonal connectivity corridors occur outside of all lek density strata.

(c) When developing and maintaining the maps referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) the Department will use:

(A) Local Sage-Grouse Implementation Teams to evaluate the maps and refine exterior boundaries by use of aerial imagery and local knowledge of sage-grouse and sage-grouse habitat; and

(B) Best available science to further understanding of greater sage-grouse life history and conservation needs.

(2) Application of Sage Grouse Core Area and Low Density Habitat Categorizations and Conservation Recommendations.

(a) Policy 1. The Department shall follow the Fish and Wildlife Habitat Mitigation Policy (OAR 635-415-000) when defining habitat categories and providing recommendations to address potential site-level impacts to greater sage-grouse and their habitats.

(b) Policy 2. The Department recommends the following conservation guidelines, incorporated here by reference are the “Action,” “Issue” and “Conservation Guidelines” text from Section V of the Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon adopted by the Commission on April 22, 2011 (copies available from the Department):

(A) Wildfire;

(B) Prescribed fire;

(C) Livestock grazing;

(D) Juniper expansion;

(E) Invasive vegetation;

(F) Vegetation treatment;

(G) Realty;

(H) Energy development;

(I) Climate change;

(J) Recreation;

(K) Predation;

(L) West Nile virus; and

(M) Regulatory.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 496.012, 496.138, 496.146 & 496.162
Stats. Implemented: ORS 496.012, 496.138, 496.146 & 496.162
Hist.: DFW 37-2011, f. & cert. ef. 5-4-11

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