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ORS 541.890
Definitions for ORS 541

As used in ORS 541.890 (Definitions for ORS 541) to 541.969 (Report to Legislative Assembly by state agencies receiving subaccount moneys):


“Adaptive management” means applying management or practices over time and across the landscape to achieve site specific resource goals using an integrated and science based approach that results in changes over time in response to feedback or monitoring.


“Associated uplands” includes those lands of a watershed that are critical to the functioning and protection of a riparian area.


“Board” means the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board created under ORS 541.900 (Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board).


“Native” means indigenous to Oregon and not introduced.


“Oregon Conservation Strategy” means the comprehensive wildlife conservation strategy for this state adopted by the State Fish and Wildlife Commission.


“Oregon Plan” means the guidance statement and framework described in ORS 541.898 (Oregon Plan described).


“Protect” or “protection” means to minimize or mitigate adverse effects on native fish or wildlife habitat to the maximum extent practicable given the anticipated duration, geographic scope and primary purpose of proposed activities.


“Restore” or “restoration” means to take actions likely to achieve sustainable population levels of native fish or wildlife and their habitats.


“Riparian area” means a zone of transition from an aquatic ecosystem to a terrestrial ecosystem, dependent upon surface or subsurface water, that reveals through the zone’s existing or potential soil-vegetation complex the influence of such surface or subsurface water. A riparian area may be located adjacent to a lake, reservoir, estuary, pothole, spring, bog, wet meadow, muskeg or ephemeral, intermittent or perennial stream.


“Soil and water conservation district” means a political subdivision of the state as described in ORS 568.550 (General powers of board of directors).


“Stewardship” means the careful and responsible management of the environment.


“Tribe” means a federally recognized Indian tribe in Oregon.


“Watershed” means the entire land area drained by a stream or system of connected streams such that all streamflow originating in the area is discharged through a single outlet.


“Watershed council” means a voluntary local organization, designated by a local government group convened by a county governing body, to address the goal of sustaining natural resource and watershed protection, restoration and enhancement within a watershed. [Formerly 541.351; 2015 c.771 §7]
Note: 541.890 (Definitions for ORS 541) to 541.969 (Report to Legislative Assembly by state agencies receiving subaccount moneys) were added to and made a part of ORS chapter 541 by legislative action but were not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


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May 30, 2023