HB 2834A Expansion of wildlife corridors

VOTE: NO – Governor Brown Signed into Law

Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2834#
This bill requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife in cooperation with Department of Transportation to collect data regarding wildlife habitat areas and connectivity and develop a Wildlife Corridor and Action Plan.

Personal Choice and Responsibility
Potential for restricting human activities from wildlife corridors would greatly expand “wilderness” areas prohibiting the use and enjoyment of the lands. Identification of human-caused barriers in Oregon that negatively affect wildlife habitat connectivity, including but not limited to intersect with proposed or existing public roads. The program shall include, but need not be limited to, plans for creating or modifying road infrastructure in a manner that reduces wildlife-vehicle collisions and promotes public safety. The plans may include but need not be limited to the use of wildlife crossing structures and roadway fencing. It is focused on controlling human activities and not living harmoniously.

Fiscal Responsibility
There is no regard to costs as habitat corridors are expensive to build and maintain. The Wildlife Corridor and Safe Road Crossing Action Plan, has no plan on funding.

Limited Government
The plan is designed to provide guidance for state agency decisions and to develop benchmarks for the designation and protection of wildlife corridors in Oregon by preserving long-term habitat connectivity for wildlife, safe road crossing, genetic exchange and adaptation to climate and other environmental changes. Requires Department of Transportation to develop program for reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions in areas where wildlife corridors intersect with proposed or existing public roads.

Local Control
A plan that will create conflict with rural areas that depends on the land for ranching, hunting, fishing, and tourism recreation.

Comments

  1. Kenneth Donaldson says:

    This is simply another excuse to close more roads and keep people out of the woods.

  2. Kenneth Donaldson says:

    Another excuse to close roads and limit access. I’m sick and tired of it and so are the people of Oregon that don’t reside in Portland. NOT HAPPY

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