ODFW hosts conservation stamp art contest

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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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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