Creating a Home for Oregon’s Native Wildlife

Having wildlife on your forestland isn't just a matter of chance. Creatures large and small have specific food, cover, space, and water needs. If you manage your land with those needs in mind, you'll soon have a lively response.

Regardless of where you live or how much property you own, there are many things you can do to enhance wildlife habitat. This effort can span from putting up bird houses to restoring a native endangered ecosystem like an oak savannah. What you choose to do will depend on your property, your land management objectives, and your resources, including money and time.

Learn More about Managing for Wildlife on your Property

We are lucky in Oregon, in that there are many resources to help you make wildlife decisions on your property. You might start by watching the video “Enhancing Wildlife Habitat”. This will give you a great overview of some options. If you decide that you want to make wildlife a priority in your forest plan, then continue to explore the additional literature to learn about specific species of interest, and see who in your area can help.

For more information, please contact:
Nicole Strong, Oregon State University Extension Service





Woodland Fish and Wildlife
The Woodland Fish and Wildlife Project is a cooperative effort between state and federal agencies and universities to provide information on fish and wildlife management to private woodland owners and managers. Organizations involved in this project have cooperatively produced publications that serve as practical guides to woodland owners. 

OSU Extension Service Publications
Oregon State University Extension has several practical publications on wildlife management issues. You can get these publications in hard copy from your local OSU Extension office, or online at Extension and Experiment Station Communications. Below is a selection of available publications.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Conservation Strategy Ecoregion Publications
ODFW Conservation Strategy helps prioritize localities, habitat types and species in most need of conservation work. The following 1 page Ecoregion publications can help you learn more about where you live and important species and habitats in your area.

Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI)
OFRI is dedicated to elevating the publicʼs understanding of how forest stewardship meets social, environmental and economic needs of both present and future generations. OFRI produces materials for public, landowner and K-12 education. Explore their extensive library of publications and videos.