February 13, 2018 3:55 a.m.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to move the marbled murrelet from threatened to endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act on Friday.
A release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the decision will affect lands owned, managed, and leased by state agencies but will have no direct impacts on private landowners. The marbled murrelet is a small seabird that nests in older forests.
The release says staff at the ODFW will now develop survival guidelines on state-owned, managed and leased lands for the commission to consider at its June 8th meeting in Salem. Survival guidelines are quantifiable and measurable guidelines the agency says are necessary to ensure the survival of individual members of the species. They will serve as interim murrelet protections until affected state agencies develop and adopt species management plans.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state and usually meets monthly.