September 6, 2013
SALEM, Ore.—The Commission approved funding for several projects that will provide hunting access or restore and enhance fisheries at today’s meeting in Salem.
They agreed to provide $5,250 in Access and Habitat funds to reimburse volunteers for mileage costs related to running the Abiqua Basin Access Area, which gives hunters access to 35,000 acres of private forestland southeast of Silverton.
The Commission also approved $477,590 in Restoration and Enhancement funding for 14 different fishery projects, including one to repair a pier and make a floating dock ADA-accessible at Hartman Pond, a popular trout and warmwater fishing area located near Multnomah Falls. Another grant approved will replace the fishing dock at Eckman Lake, a popular fishing and boating spot at the WB Nelson State Wayside near Waldport.
The Commission was also briefed on a proposed water exchange at Oxbow Hatchery in Cascade Locks and heard testimony from invited guests representing various viewpoints on the issue. ODFW is investigating the feasibility of exchanging a small amount of spring water from the hatchery for an equal or larger amount of well water from the City of Cascade Locks. Cascade Locks is exploring the possibility of using the spring water to supply a proposed Nestle water bottling plant the city.
The Commission postponed other items on the agenda, including a review of the Cougar Management Plan and an annual review of the Oregon State Police, until its next meeting.
Finally, about 100 members of the public, as well as Salem Mayor Anna M. Peterson,toured ODFW’s new facility at 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE in Salem.
The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. The seven-member panel meets monthly. The next meeting is Oct. 3-4 in Newport.