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Working with Wildlife Best Management Practices
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Working with Wildlife Best Management Practices

 Export to Your Calendar 10/25/2017
When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
8:00 AM
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Colwood Golf Center
7313 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, Oregon  97218
United States
Contact: Laura Guderyahn

Online registration is available until: 10/25/2017
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Sensitive wildlife, including species protected by local, state and federal regulations, are present throughout our region, including on many of the lands we actively manage.  Just in the last few years, Best Management Practices (BMPs) have been written for several groups of these species to provide guidance on avoiding impacts and creating healthy habitat for them. 

The agenda for the Working with Wildlife BMP Workshop is designed to educate land managers, environmental scientists, engineers, planners, and technicians on local, state and regional wildlife regulations and the BMPs that have been written to protect them and the habitat they rely on.  The workshop will specifically focus on how to protect and enhance habitat for native turtles, freshwater mussels, beaver and nesting birds across a variety of project types from daily maintenance activities to large CIP projects. 

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  1. Assessing whether the wildlife covered by these BMPs are present on your project site
  2. How to design your project to avoid negative impacts to these species
  3. How to include the creation and/or enhancement of healthy habitat in your project design
  4. Who to contact for assistance in implementing these BMPs.

The Details


Wednesday October 25, 2017  |  8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Colwood Golf Center (AM)

7313 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97218

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park (PM)

7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland, OR 97218

What You Will Learn

Curriculum includes:

  1. Identification of native turtles, freshwater mussels, nesting birds, and beaver.
  2. Habitat requirements of native turtles, freshwater mussels, nesting birds, and beaver.
  3. Common sources of negative impacts and how to design projects and tasks to avoid them.
  4. How to proactively include habitat enhancement and creation as part of your project.
  5. Where you can find copies of BMPs and who you can contact for assistance.
  6. Case studies
  7. Field tour to demonstration site

Who Should Attend

This workshop is tailored to anyone who is actively managing lands in our region, from technicians performing daily maintenance activities in developed and natural area parks to planners and engineers responsible for designing and implementing large CIP projects.

Workshop Agenda

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Check In and Light Morning Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome and Intro to the Day

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM


BMPs and Q&A

Presenter: Dave Helzer, Environmental Specialist and Terrestrial Biologist, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Native Turtles

BMPs and Q&A

Presenter: Laura Guderyahn, Natural Area Ecologist, Portland Parks and Recreation and Co-chair of the Oregon Turtle Working Group - Lower Willamette Chapter.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11: 15 AM  

Freshwater Mussel

BMPs and Q&A

Presenter: Emelie Blevins, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, Freshwater Mussel Lead, Xerces Society of Portland

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Nesting Birds

BMPs and Q&A

Presenter: Dave Helzer, Environmental Specialist and Terrestrial Biologist, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Travel to Whitaker Ponds Demonstration Area

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Site Tour at Whitaker Ponds

Learn how to apply morning principles to a real-world project site.



Member Fee = $65

Non-Member Fee = $75

Registration includes light morning refreshments and lunch.  

Registration Ends: Oct 20, 2017

Additional Information

Dress for being outside for several hours in the afternoon.

Refund Policy

Please review the ORPA Refund Policy

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