ODFW Access and Habitat Program Seeks Volunteer to Serve on South Willamette Advisory Council

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SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking a landowner representative to serve on the Access and Habitat Program’s South Willamette Advisory Council.

Individuals living in the southern Willamette Valley with interest and experience in hunting, forestry, farming, ranching and/or wildlife conservation are encouraged to apply.

Duties of advisory council members include participation in about four public meetings per year to review A&H project proposals and conduct other council business. Meetings may require some travel to various communities within the southern Willamette Valley region.

Applicants should be willing and able to work collaboratively with landowners, sportsmen’s groups, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff, and representatives of other government agencies to facilitate the A&H Program.

Created by the Oregon Legislature in 1993, the A&H Program is funded primarily by a $2 surcharge on hunting licenses. Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants awarded to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations, and others, to cooperatively fund wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects in the state.

There are six regional A&H advisory councils within Oregon that serve as the initial review body for A&H grant proposals submitted within their region.  The state A&H Board provides the next level of review, taking into account the advisory council’s recommendations. Approved projects are then forwarded to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for final review and funding approval. Each advisory council is composed of seven members, including three landowner representatives, three hunter representatives, and one public-at-large representative who also serves as the council chair.

For information on applying for this position, contact Access and Habitat Program Coordinator Matt Keenan, (503) 947-6087 or Matthew [dot] T [dot] Keenan [at] state [dot] or [dot] us. A PDF application can be downloaded at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/AH/RAC_membership.pdf

For additional information on the A&H Program visit the Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us/AH/