Peyton Priestman1605 SE 36th AvePortland,OR 97214peyton.
[email protected](503) 758-6420January 20th, 2018Dr. Julie KaresPortland State University 1719 SW 10th AvePortland, OR 97201Dear Dr.Kares,IntroductionThis report will explore the use of technical writing as a part of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s habitat restoration efforts. The role of technical writing will be examined in the four main programs the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has dedicated to habitat restoration- the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, the Coastal Program, the River Restoration Program, and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment. The reader will develop an understanding of how employees of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife use technical writing on a day to day basis to complete restoration projects.ResearchIn researching the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, I began by visiting their website (www.fws.
gov/oregonfwo/index.cfm) and reading about the programs they have listed under conservation and key efforts. The research questions I had are: What are the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s habitat restorations programs and what kind of projects do they do? What are the day to day operations that relate to these projects? And how is technical writing used to complete these projects? To answer these questions, I mostly focused on different areas of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website, including the pages for their different programs- the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, the Coastal Program, River Restoration, and Natural Resource Damage Assessment. The website is easy to navigate and detailed information about their programs is fairly accessible. There is an ODFW Twitter page dedicated to conservation that contains some information about past and current restoration projects, and a facebook page which is mainly focused on community outreach and education.
I found the website to be easier to navigate and more informative than the social media pages. FindingsThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is in charge of several habitat restoration programs across the state. The use of technical writing within these programs vary depending on the intended purpose of the program and the ____.The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Coastal Program are two of the main programs dedicated to active habitat restoration in Oregon. Much of the technical writing in these programs are the same, with a few select differences. The types of technical writing used in these two programs typically begin with public outreach documents, informational flyers and handouts to promote the program. From there project proposals and environmental and cost assessments would be written for potential restoration sites. Once the project is approved a habitat restoration design and conservation agreement would be created.
Depending on the funding for that particular project, federal grant applications or funding appeals to private partners may be written. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program works with communities and landowners to restore habitat on private property, so this program would require direct communication with landowners to provide technical assistance and project updates. The Coastal Program works to restore habitat and protect endangered and threatened species along the Oregon Coast. This program may involve more written assessments of at-risk species, environmental impact analysis, research and data summaries, and project recommendations.The River Restoration Program facilitates river and stream habitat restoration by creating partnerships in communities and providing support and training to these partners. The technical writing involved in the program would differ considerably from programs actively involved in restoration as the purpose of the River Restoration Program is to enable others to restore habitat.
This involves providing expert analysis of habitats and project recommendations, technical training, and written explanations on species conservation and habitat restoration topics that are accessible to those not familiar with the field. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is also responsible for the Natural Resource Damages Assessment process. Their job is to monetizes the damages done to natural resources by outside contaminants Conclusion