July 2012 – Invited presentation on the CHAP concept at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland which followed a presentation on INVEST (an approach to evaluate ecosystem services) by Dr. Gretchen Daily from Stanford University.
June 2012 - Completed baseline condition and 12 alternative evaluations report for the Los Angeles River, California in partnership with the Corp of Engineers and City of Los Angeles
June 2012 - Present CHAP concept to NOAA’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment Group at Hanford, Washington.
April 2012 - Completed baseline condition report for the Rio Grande River near Espanola, New Mexico in partnership with the Corp of Engineers and Santa Clara and OhKay Owingeh Pueblo tribes.
February 2012 – In collaboration with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute the book, a Guide to Priority Plant and Animal Species in Oregon Forests was published and made available to the public at no cost. Please go to: http://learnforests.org/guide_to_priority_plants_animals
Northwest Habitat Institute, of Corvallis Oregon's CHAP Method is the first of its kind in determining a systematic habitat appraisal for the Willamette River Basin
Portland, OR – Oct 22, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. — COMBINED HABITAT ASSESSMENT PROTOCOLS was the procuring cause in settling a three decade discussion between Bonneville Power Administration, the federal power marketing agency and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The settlement requires BPA to protect 20,000 acres of wildlife habitat in the Willamette River basin through 2025.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed the $150 million contract Friday October 22, 2010. Stating;
"This agreement marks a landmark partnership between federal, state and local governments and organizations," Kulongoski said. "This agreement allows us to not just maintain the crown jewel of the Willamette Valley — but to restore and enhance habitat for many future generations of Oregonians."
Northwest Habitat Institute’s recently patent habitat appraisal and accounting technique was the only method used in determining a systematic habitat appraisal for this ongoing issue. This habitat assessment tool known as CHAP, employs a spatially based multi-purpose field inventory accounting tool that when applied to a site or area will generate an accurate appraised habitat value. The first method of it’s kind in integrating multi-species, habitat characteristics, including evaluation of invasive plants and other anthropogenic effects.
Northwest Habitat Institute
Thomas A. O’Neill
The Northwest Habitat Institute has just added our Habitat Appraisal and Registry Page!
To learn more about the exciting work NHI is doing on habitat assessment and mitigation accounting systems please click the HAB Registry tab to the left or click on the link below.
This book is being given away free to schools and school districts through charitable donations. The printing and distribution of the book is supported by The Fred Meyer Foundation, Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife Departments and Oregon and Washington Chapters of The Wildlife Society. This book would be excellent for environmental education and appropriate age levels are classes from middle to high school.
A Guide to Oregon and Washington's Wetland Wildlife and Their Habitats book is now being printed! Thanks to all those that have supported this project. School districts that are interested in obtaining copies of this book should download and fill out the following form and email this back to Andy Hackethorn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Northwest Habitat Institute (NHI) is a non-profit scientific and educational organization. Our mission is to promote and facilitate the conservation of Pacific Northwest native species and habitats through:
Specific objectives of the institute include developing products and tools that assist landowners and land managers conserve native species and habitats, developing and implementing inventorying and monitoring programs, and coordinating and facilitating activities (e.g., habitat restoration,land-use planning and management objectives) that promote the conservation and management of our natural resources.
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