Acres of Protection
This system may preserve and restore up to 3,500 acres to provide for the conservation of the Mazama pocket gopher, Oregon spotted frog, Oregon vesper sparrow, and Taylors checkerspot butterfly, animals covered by the County's HCP. The plan is to acquire or include large tracts of contiguous open-space properties, including working agricultural lands. Priority will be given to land already occupied by the covered species.
Landscape Approach, Ecologically Valuable
The HCP-covered species share a similar prairie habitat, as well as provide habitat for other at-risk species. The conservation of these lands and management practices will not only account for multiple HCP-covered species, but also provide managed habitat for species that too rely on prairie habitat. The reserve system and associated conservation measures will more ecological benefits to these HCP and other species with similar habitat needs, as well as complementing the species recovery efforts of federal and state wildlife agencies.
- Baseline report
- Site management plans
- Legal permanent protection
- Long term stewardship fund (endowment)