Defenders in the Northwest

Additional Priorities

Habitat and Biodiversity Metrics

Defenders of Wildlife has developed habitat measurement tools, or metrics, for three priority habitat types in Oregon: oak woodland, floodplain and sagebrush. The goal was to build a reliable “accounting method” to measure biodiversity and habitat values if they are to be bought and sold and to measure outcomes for landowners receiving incentive payments for conservation actions.

Metrics will help stakeholders in industry, government and the conservation community decide where to invest in conservation and restoration and make it easier for them to promote the results of their conservation investments to the public. 

"Smart from the Start" Renewable Energy Development

Defenders is promoting energy and habitat plans to protect sage grouse and their habitats while helping to build a smart, clean energy future.

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