Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announces an art contest to benefit its Habitat Conservation Stamp program. The winning artist will receive $3,000. Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. May 31.
Artwork must feature one of the 22 amphibian or reptile species identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy in its appropriate habitat.
The Oregon Conservation Strategy provides a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats through a voluntary, statewide approach to conservation. Oregon Conservation Strategy amphibians include: Cascades frog, Cascade torrent salamander, Clouded salamander, coastal tailed frog, Columbia spotted frog, Columbia torrent salamander, Cope’s giant salamander, foothill yellow-legged frog, inland tailed frog, Larch Mountain salamander, Northern leopard frog, Northern red-legged frog, Oregon slender salamander, Oregon spotted frog, Siskiyou Mountain salamander, Southern torrent salamander, Western toad.
Oregon Conservation Strategy reptiles: Common kingsnake, Northern sagebrush lizard, Western painted turtle, Northwestern pond turtle, Western rattlesnake.
See the ODFW website for a copy of the announcement, rules and entry form, http://bit.ly/YNYksy.
See the Conservation Summaries for Strategies Species, pages 320-323 of the Strategy for Species and Habitat Associations.
The contest winner will be chosen by a panel comprised of an Oregon Fish and Wildlife commissioner and four citizens to be selected by Roy Elicker, ODFW director. Artwork will be available for public viewing on the ODFW website.
The Habitat Conservation Stamp program allows Oregonians to purchase a collector stamp to benefit conservation of Oregon’s native species and habitats. Stamps sell for $40 a year and include a free ODFW Wildlife Area Parking Pass (a $22 value).
Revenue will be used for restoration of the native habitats that are home to the state’s fish and wildlife. Habitat Conservation Stamps for 2013 are on sale now on ODFW’s online sales system and wherever fishing and hunting licenses are sold.
The program was developed by ODFW with the help of a diverse coalition of Oregonians including scientists, conservation groups, landowners, extension services, anglers, hunters, and representatives from agriculture, forestry and rangelands.
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