December 23, 2013
|Bill Moore (left) receiving the Riley Freeman Award from ODFW Director Roy Elicker at the OCA Annual Convention in Bend on Dec. 7, 2013.
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Bill Moore of Unity was recognized with the Riley Freeman Award at the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Annual Convention in Bend on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The award is given by ODFW and OCA in memory of Riley Freeman, a past chairman of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Wildlife Committee who saw the need for greater coordination and cooperation between private landowners and state and federal natural resource agencies.
“Moore’s leadership at OCA helped ODFW and the livestock industry develop a good working relationship,” said ODFW Director Roy Elicker. “Moore stressed that while ODFW and OCA have differences, we share similar ideals for the land and the need to work together on common goals.”
“I see daily how fish, wildlife and livestock benefit form good grazing and land management, and the contribution ranchers make towards Oregon’s fish and wildlife,” said Moore after receiving the award. “Cooperation with ODFW can help resolve issues that landowners have with wildlife.”
During his tenure at OCA, Moore encouraged greater collaboration between ODFW and ranchers. Moore also helped produce the “Land of Contrasts” series, a compilation of testimonials from Oregon ranchers, ODFW personnel, researchers, and other agency representatives discussing ranching’s commitment to Oregon’s natural resources.
Moore and his wife, Nancy, purchased their first cattle in 1978 and have run cattle in Malheur and Baker counties for decades. Bill received a BS in Wildlife Management at Oregon State University and briefly worked for ODFW.