The problem of endangered species is effectively stated in Public Law 89-669 which finds that "one of the unfortunate consequences of growth and development in the United States has been the extermination of some native species of fish and wildlife; that serious losses in other species of native wild animals with educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value have occurred and are occurring; and that the United States has pledged itself, pursuant to migratory bird treaties with Canada and Mexico and the Convention on Nature Protection and Wildlife Preservation in the Western Hemisphere, to conserve and protect, where practicable, the various species of native fish and wildlife, including game and non-game migratory birds, that are threatened with extinction." The Special Reports in the Endangered Plants and Animals of Oregon series list and locate plants and animals that represent "endangered species" —ones which can be eliminated from the state and possibly the nation, unless recognized and protected. Such species are usually found in relatively limited areas. They can be eliminated or seriously reduced in numbers through man's manipulation of the environment. Habitat essential to their survival is and can be altered through man's activities, including the introduction of pesticides, toxic materials, or other environmental pollutants. Those responsible for planning and carrying out operations which may destroy or modify natural habitat or pollute it with toxic materials need objective information to alert them to undesirable or unanticipated effects of their activities on endangered species. Through these reports, it is hoped that wherever possible, alternatives will be selected to insure the preservation of Oregon's rare plants and animals. This series of special reports was approved at the June 15, 1965, meeting of the Oregon Interagency Pesticide Council. Oregon State University, through its Agricultural Experiment Station, was committed to provide the leadership needed in compiling and publishing the reports. Oregon State University is recognized in the Charter of the Oregon Interagency Pesticide Council as being in the position of supplying such "source material."
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