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Landowner position open on A&H Northeast Advisory Council

 
September 1, 2010

 

La Grande, Ore. — ODFW is seeking a landowner representative to serve on the Access and Habitat Program's Northeast Advisory Council.

Individuals living in northeast Oregon with an interest and experience in hunting, forestry, farming, ranching and/or wildlife conservation are encouraged to apply. 

Applications are due at the La Grande ODFW office by September 17, 2010. For more information or for application materials contact Jon Paustian at (541) 963-2138.

This is a volunteer position and duties 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 northeast Oregon communities. 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 by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses and by deer and elk auction proceeds. 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.

To download an application or for additional information on the A&H Program, visit the Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us/AH and click on “Get Involved!”.

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Contact:

Jon Paustian, (541) 963-2138

 
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