The Native Species Working Group was formed in early 2017, and includes partners from US Fish & Wildlife, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, The Freshwater Trust, Rogue River Watershed Council, Lower Rogue Watershed Council, Klamath Bird Observatory, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. This working group focuses on aquatic & terrestrial habitat restoration through actions that focus on the recovery of native aquatic species and native terrestrial species. Our vision statement is “This will be a place for restoration practitioners and scientists to focus our conversations to species recovery needs & goals, outreach & knowledge gaps, and on-the-ground project proposals for our native species in the Rogue Basin.”
With funding support from RBP and RRWC, this group has accomplished a presence/absence survey for Pacific Lamprey across 107 third-order streams in the Rogue Basin. We are also midway through a beaver habitat intrinsic potential modeling project for the Rogue Basin—a regional limiting factor in identifying suitable release sites for problem beaver per ODFW requirements, as highlighted in the 2016 RBP Action plan. This project has been funded by RBP, and we anticipate finishing this project in 2019. This working group is also continuing the conversation on addressing the widespread use of Anticoagulant Rodenticides in the Rogue Basin.
We are also currently working on a “Habitat Restoration Guide for Incorporating Non-target Species”. This project came up within this working group, from a need to both help increase the benefits of ongoing restoration activities for other regional native species and help restoration practitioners avoid unintended harm on these species. This project brings together a highly interdisciplinary team of biologists and specialists, both within our regional group and further afield in academia and specialized organizations like the Xerces Society.