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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 biodiversity 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. 

Staff profiles can be found at the Institute for Natural Resource's Staff Directory.

Office Hours

Generally from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday. Many staff work remotely for part of the week, so please contact them directly to arrange in person meetings.


Oregon Rare Plant and Fungi Meeting

The triennial Oregon Rare Plant and Fungi meeting that is usually scheduled in October every third year will be delayed until January 13th, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will not be held in person but via Zoom. Please refer back to this web page for further details. Registration is required to attend.

Information from these meetings will be used to update the lists in ORBIC’s “Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species of Oregon” to be published in 2022. Proposed changes will be shared with participants ahead of time for consideration and preparing comments.

Please submit species recommendations to Sue Vrilakas (sue.vrilakas[at], Lindsey Wise (lwise[at], or Mike Russell (michael.russell[at] Or use our online contact form.

Submissions must include:

  1. Species name
  2. Person(s) submitting recommendation with contact information
  3. Change being recommended (e.g., add to list, drop from list, change status, edit counties where present)
  4. Reason for the recommendation
  5. Location information for the species (for additions to the list or updates to county distribution)