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USFWS: Sustaining A Species and Local Economy in Oregon

February 17, 2023
Close up of a pacific fisher with brown fur, round ears, and black nose.
The Pacific fisher is a cat-sized, mostly nocturnal carnivore from the weasel family.

Oregon’s vast forests are a precious resource for wildlife, culture, and local economy. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service shares a remarkable story about the Pacific fisher and forests.

Fishers once resided throughout much of Canada and sections of the northern and western United States. Their historical range was reduced dramatically in the 1800s and early 1900s through trapping, predator and pest control, and habitat loss.

To help bring fisher back, the USFWS partnered with people equally invested in the future of Oregon’s forests – the timber industry.

“Good neighbors work together to solve problems in their communities. We don’t just grow trees here, we live here. Investing in conservation and research is just the right thing to do – it’s a promise to our community that we are dedicated to finding solutions, says Grady Mulbery, President and CEO of Roseburg Forest Products.

“Collaborating and sharing successes has led to formal conservation agreements across the entire range of the Pacific fisher. From Washington to California, forest landowners, community groups, and government agencies are aligned in their efforts to save the fisher,” shares Douglas Reed, President of Green Diamond Resource Company.

“Our commitment to sustainable forest management goes back to the founding of our company. To make sure our forest’s ecosystems are healthy, we work with many partners engaged in wildlife research and conservation efforts. We’re thrilled to be part of this agreement in Oregon, which is an excellent example of many organizations working together to support the recovery of an important species in this region,” says Devin Stockfish, President and CEO of Weyerhaeuser.

“The commitment we have to our communities and wildlife conservation is broader than any single agreement. We view the health of our forests, and the wildlife that call them home, as an essential part of our duty as stewards of our land,” remarks Toby Luther, President and CEO of Lone Rock Resources.

See The Fisher’s Tale at fws.gov