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The Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) is part of the Institute for Natural Resources and is based at Portland State University. ORBIC leads INR's biodiveristy and conservation work; and, its key function is to maintain, develop and distribute biodiversity information in Oregon. The center works with partners across the region to provide the most comprehensive information on plants, wildlife, fish, fungi, and vegetation communities throughout Oregon. ORBIC houses a wealth of information, including the most comprehensive database of rare, threatened and endangered species of Oregon. ORBIC was originally formed by the Oregon Legislature in 1979 as the Oregon Natural Heritage Program.

Rare Species List Update

We will be releasing a new version of our “Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species of Oregon” publication in Spring 2016.

In preparation, a meeting to discuss recommended revisions to the plant and fungi section was held on Oct. 16th at Peavy Lodge (List of attendees). Recommendations and notes from that meeting are posted below; these files will be updated as needed:

Vascular Plant Recommendations (Excel, as of May 16, 2016)

Non-vascular Plant Recommendations (Excel, as of Oct 19, 2015, under review)

Vertebrate and invertebrate animal ranks are being reviewed, and a spreadsheet summarizing proposed changes will be posted to this site and circulated directly to interested reviewers in early May. Contact Eleanor Gaines (eleanor.gaines@pdx.edu) to be added to the list of reviewers.