The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announces an art contest to benefit its Habitat Conservation Stamp. The winning artist will receive $3000 and his or her artwork will be used to produce a 2013 collector stamp and other promotional items. Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Aug. 31, 2012.
Artwork must feature one of the 18 mammals identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy or one of the six marine mammals identified in the Oregon Nearshore Strategy in its respective Strategy habitat.
• Oregon Conservation Strategy: American marten, California myotis (bat), Columbian white-tailed deer, fisher, fringed myotis (bat), hoary bat, kit fox, long-legged myotis, pallid bat, pygmy rabbit, red tree vole, ringtail, silver-haired bat, spotted bat, Townsend’s big-eared bat, Washington ground squirrel, western grey squirrel and white-tailed jackrabbit.
• Oregon Nearshore Strategy: Marine mammals: California sea lion, gray whale, harbor porpoise, northern elephant seal, Pacific harbor seal and Steller sea lion
For more information
See the ODFW website for a copy of the announcement, rules and entry form, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/habitat_conservation_stamp.asp
• See the Conservation Summaries for Strategies Species pages 320-323 of the Strategy for a list of mammals and habitat associations. In the Habitat section, find a description of habitats.
• See Chapter V: Oregon’s Nearshore Resources, pages 29 and 30.
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.
About the Habitat Conservation Stamp
The Habitat Conservation Stamp allows Oregonians to purchase an annual 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. 2012 Habitat Conservation Stamps are on sale now on ODFW’s online sales system and wherever fishing and hunting licenses are sold.
About the Oregon Conservation Strategy
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. It 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.