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Access and Habitat seeks volunteers for Board, Regional Advisory Council

November 7, 2014

SALEM, Ore.—The Access and Habitat program is seeking two volunteers, one to serve as Landowner Representative on the Statewide Board and another to serve on the Regional Council for the South Willamette area.

Fill out the appropriate application at this link to apply:
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/get_involved.asp

The deadline to apply for the Landowner Representative position on the statewide Board is Nov. 28, 2014. People with an interest and experience in forestry, agriculture or ranching, and hunting and wildlife conservation are ideal for this position.

Board members are appointed to four-year terms by the Commission. They meet four times each year in various communities throughout the state to review project funding applications, hear public testimony, act as liaisons between the program and the public, and recommend projects to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. The A&H Board is made up of seven citizen volunteers—three landowner representatives, three hunter representatives, and one public-at-large representative. Contact Keith Kohl at (503) 947-6038, Keith.L.Kohl@state.or.us for more information.

The deadline to apply for the South Willamette Council is Nov. 21, 2014. Individuals living in the southern Willamette Valley (including along the coast, Polk, southern Marion, Linn, Benton, Lincoln and Lane counties) with an interest and experience in hunting are encouraged to apply for this position. Meetings may require some travel to various southern Willamette Valley 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. Contact David Stroppel for more information, tel. 541-757-5237, David.J.Stroppel@state.or.us

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 Web site at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/.

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Contact:
Keith Kohl
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
(503) 947-6038
Keith.L.Kohl@state.or.us

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