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ODFW grants keep 608,000 acres of private timberlands open to hunting and fishing
 
December 9, 2009

 

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. —A $200,626 grant from ODFW’s Access and Habitat Program along with a $36,840 grant from the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program is helping to keep 608,000 acres of industrial timberlands owned by JWTR Company of Klamath Falls open to public access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities through 2014. 

Sprawling across portions of Lake, Klamath and Jackson counties, these extensive properties provide hunting opportunities for deer, elk, wild turkeys, predators, and upland game birds. Extremely popular with hunters, more than 18,000 hunter use days were estimated on JWTR lands in 2008. The properties also provide fishing access to tributary streams of the Sprague and Klamath rivers.

“The properties control access to several wildlife management units,” explains Tom Collom, district wildlife biologist for ODFW’s Klamath District. “If we didn’t have that access, we wouldn’t be able to provide nearly as many opportunities to hunt for deer, elk and upland birds.”

The grants will be used to help fund additional law enforcement patrols by the Oregon State Police and to manage motor vehicle access to prevent resource damage and protect fish and wildlife habitat. Some parts of the area will be closed to public access during the winter to protect winter range for big game animals.

In addition to ODFW funding, JWTR Company, Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Hunters Association, Mule Deer Foundation, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are also contributing to the project.

The A&H Program is funded by a surcharge on hunting licenses and revenues from auction and raffle hunts. Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations and others for cooperative wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects throughoutthe state.

For information on the A&H Program call program coordinator Matt Keenan at 503-947-6087 or visit the website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/

The Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1989 and is funded by a surcharge on sport and commercial fishing licenses andcommercial poundage fees. The program provides funding for fish restoration and enhancement projects throughout the state.

For more information on the R&E Program call coordinator Laura Tesler at (503) 947-6259 or visit the website, www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/RE/

   

Contact:

Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022                                                                   
Fax: (503) 947-6009

 
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