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Eight new Access and Habitat Program projects approved by Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission
 
June 9, 2011

 

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, on Friday, June 3, approved $603,024 in grant funding for eight new Access and Habitat Program projects to improve wildlife habitat on 7,689 acres and increase public hunting access to 290,031 acres of private lands in Oregon. Of these, two projects totaling $547,724 and providing 190,000 acres of public hunting access are scheduled to be funded through a federal grant awarded to the A&H Program, and are approved conditional on receipt of federal funds.

The approved projects include:

Lucky Creek Mule Deer Habitat Enhancement

A $25,760 grant will help fund mule deer habitat improvement through cutting and burning junipers, developing new water sources, and fencing riparian habitat. This project is located in Crook County, southeast of Prineville.

Pringle Creek Habitat Enhancement

Part of an extensive mule deer and elk habitat improvement effort in Crook County, this project received $32,566 to help remove juniper on 3,000 acres, thin juniper and ponderosa pine, develop springs, plant 1,200 acres of rangeland with wildlife forage plants, and remove noxious weeds on 950 acres.

Rice Access Project

A Union County landowner is receiving an $11,080 grant to allow by-permission public hunting on 1,231 acres of his property between August 1 and January 31, from 2011 to 2016.

Wilson Family Ranches Habitat Restoration

The Wilson Family Ranches in Union County will use $10,000 in funding for habitat improvements to wetlands, meadows, riparian corridors, and upland areas on their property in the North Powder drainage. Improvement work includes berm construction, riparian fencing and vegetation plantings.

C2 Ranch Access and Habitat Project

An $11,000 grant to the C2 Ranch in Jackson County will help fund habitat improvement on 930 acres for black-tailed deer and wild turkey by removing invasive blackberry bushes, cutting decadent brush and fertilizing meadows to promote growth of wildlife forage plants. The landowner will also provide guided deer, elk, and wild turkey hunts for 43 youths.

Wendling Travel Management Area

A $23,220 grant will be used to provide Oregon State Police patrols on nearly 90,000 acres of private timberlands in Lane County from the start of the archery season to the end of rifle buck season for the next two years. The area is within the Wendling Travel Management Area where the landowners allow public hunting access.

Columbia Basin Access Program

A $273,862 federal block grant provided through the 2008 Farm Bill, will be used to pay landowners in the Columbia River basin up to $3 per acre to allow public hunting access to their properties for the 2011-2012 hunting seasons. In addition, funds will also be used to hire a seasonal coordinator to facilitate the program and for installing hunter permit boxes on participating lands. Known as the Oregon Open Fields program, this Farm Bill grant is contingent on final approval and receipt of the federal funds. The Oregon Open Fields will open about 95,000 acres in the Columbia Basin to public hunting access.

Willamette Valley Goose Hunter Access Program

The 2008 Farm Bill is providing a $273,862 block grant to open about 95,000 acres of private land in the Willamette Valley to public access for goose hunting during the 2011-2012 waterfowl season. Part of the Oregon Open Fields program, and contingent on final approval and receipt of the federal funds, it will provide payment of up to $3 per acre to landowners who allow public hunting access to their properties, hire a seasonal employee to coordinate the program, and install hunter permit boxes on participating properties.

The A&H Program funds projects that provide hunter access and/or improve wildlife habitat on private land in Oregon. The program is funded primarily by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses, big game auction and raffle tag sales.

For additional information, contact Program Coordinator Matt Keenan at 503-947-6087. More information about the A&H Program may be found on the Web at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/.

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022
Matt Keenan (503) 947-6087
Fax: (503) 947-6009

 
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