January 23, 2014
CENTRAL POINT, Ore.—ODFW is seeking one Hunter and one Landowner representative for the Access and Habitat Program's Southwest Region Advisory Council.
Council representatives help select which projects will be funded by the A and H program. Projects provide hunting access to private land and/or improve wildlife habitat in Oregon.
Individuals living in SW Oregon (Coos, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine and Curry counties) with an interest and experience in hunting and/or wildlife conservation are encouraged to apply.
Applications are available online (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/get_involved.asp) and due at the ODFW’s Central Point office by Feb. 28. For more information or for application materials by mail, contact Vince Oredson at tel. (541) 826-8774 x232 or Vince.J.Oredson@state.or.us.
These are volunteer positions and duties include participation in about four public meetings per year to review A and H project proposals and conduct other council business. Meetings may require some travel to various southwest Oregon communities.
Applicants should be willing and able to work collaboratively with landowners, sportsmen's groups, ODFW staff, and representatives of other government agencies to facilitate the A and H Program.
Created by the Oregon Legislature in 1993, the A and H Program is funded primarily by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses. Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants awarded to individual and corporate landowners, sport groups, and others to cooperatively fund wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects in the state.
There are six regional A and H advisory councils within Oregon that serve as the initial review body for A and H grant proposals submitted within their region. The state A and 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.
For additional information on the A and H Program visit the website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/