Petition to protect and preserve elk and mule deer winter ranges and migration corridors in and around the City of Bend
To the Urban Growth Boundary Steering Committee:

We, the undersigned, value wildlife and natural areas as an essential part of our community and quality of life. We are greatly concerned about the declining mule deer population and loss of elk habitat due to development and recreation impacts.

On September 4, 2014, the UGB Steering Committee approved eight Project Goals to guide the UGB planning process. The first of these is:

A Quality Natural Environment
As Bend grows, it preserves and enhances natural areas and wildlife habitat. Wildfire risk management is a key consideration. Bend takes a balanced approach to environmental protection and building a great city.

When surveyed, the community strongly endorsed this goal. According to the October 2014 MetroQuest survey results, “A quality natural environment” was the highest and most frequently ranked goal. It was also the highest ranked goal for all age groups.

In keeping with the Quality Natural Environment goal, we respectfully request that the UGB Steering Committee declare deer and elk winter ranges, including “areas of potential concern,” off limits to urbanization. (See “Exception Land & Big Game Winter Ranges” map in the Boundary and Growth Scenarios TAC, Meeting 7 Packet, p. 53.)
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