The Institute for Natural Resources and Oregon State University Libraries and Press, in partnership with a number of Oregon state agencies and universities, recently launched several new topical webpages and tools as part of the Oregon Explorer Natural Resources Digital Library.

The new Oregon Hazards Reporter allows users to view flood, tsunami, earthquake, volcano and landslide hazard data from multiple state and federal agencies. Users can delineate an area for any location in Oregon and generate a preliminary hazard report. The preliminary hazard reports include a hazard description, data description and limitations of use. This tool was developed for use by local planners in partnership with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation. 

Throughout Oregon, there are a growing number of local collaborative groups engaged with forest restoration to help minimize wildfire risk, support local economies and improve forest management. The University of Oregon Ecosystem Workforce Program has been actively developing and updating this statewide forest restoration dataset. The Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Solutions reached out to the Oregon Explorer program to make this data publicly accessible through a map viewer and a new Forest Collaborative landing page. 

Eastern Oregon is home to over 15 million acres of sage-grouse habitat. Once abundant, the range and numbers of sage-grouse have declined. The Sage-Grouse Conservation Partnership advances policies and actions that reduce threats to sage-grouse, sagebrush ecosystems and Oregon's rural communities. The Oregon Explorer was selected as the place to make information about sage-grouse and the SageCon partnership available. The new Oregon Explorer Sage-Grouse landing page, Sage-Grouse Data Viewer, Sage-Grouse Development Registry and several articles were developed to inform planning activities in Oregon’s sage-grouse habitats. Funding and support was provided by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Oregon Department of Administrative Services and the Portland State University National Policy Consensus Center.

Posted - November 16, 2017