SALEM — An Ontario man who is the executive director of Friends of the Owyhee is among nine who were recently appointed to the new Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee. Tim Davis will sit on the group, which will advise the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on expenditures related to the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund.

Six of the members represent Oregon’s ecoregions and three members represent all Oregonians with interests in conservation and recreation. Committee members and thir respective ecoregions include Laura Anderson of Newport, Nearshore & Coast Range Ecoregion; Jane Hartline of Portland, Willamette Valley Ecoregion; Dr. Karl Wenner of Klamath Falls, Klamath Mountains Ecoregion; Maret Pajutee of Sisters, East & West Cascades Ecoregions; Dr. Suzanne Fouty of Baker City, Columbia Plateau & Blue Mountains Ecoregions; Davis, Northern Basin & Range Ecoregion; Chris Hager of Portland, At-Large; Mark Stern of Portland, At-Large; and Mauricio Valadrian of Maywood Park, At-Large.

The Oregon Legislature created both the Advisory Committee and the Conservation and Recreation Fund in House Bill 2829 in 2019.

The Fund is a new way for Oregonians to support projects that protect and enhance the species and habitats identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy and create new opportunities for wildlife watching, urban conservation, community science and other wildlife-associated recreation. Donations to the fund can be made by visiting myOWF.org/OCRF.

The Legislature has challenged Oregonians to demonstrate support for fish and wildlife conservation by generating $1 million for the Fund at which point the state’s General Fund will match with an additional $1 million. Successfully meeting this goal is a first step in pursuing long-term, dedicated funding for proactive protection and enhancement of all of Oregon’s fish, wildlife and their habitats.

The first meeting of the Advisory Committee will be in March.

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