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ODFW hosts town hall meetings on proposed 2017-19 budget

April 18, 2016

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a series of town hall meetings around the state this month to gather public input on the agency's proposed 2017-2019 budget.

The proposed budget, which is being developed by ODFW and an external budget advisory committee, will be presented for review and comment at the meetings listed below. All meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for us to meet with our customers and get their feedback,” said Curt Melcher, ODFW director. “I encourage folks to attend, meet with our staff and learn more about our funding proposals to manage Oregon’s fish and wildlife.”

No major changes to the budget are being proposed. The goal of the budget proposal is to align the agency’s activities with funding sources. The proposed 2017-19 budget does not include any new increases in fees for recreational and commercial licenses.

Public comments will be used to help refine the budget before it is presented to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on June 9. Once a proposed budget is approved by the Commission, it will be submitted to the Governor for her consideration. The budget will ultimately be determined by the 2017 Legislature.

Clackamas: Wednesday, April 27, Monarch Hotel and Conference Center, 12566 SE 93rd Avenue, Clackamas

Tillamook: Thursday, April 28, Tillamook County Library, 1716 3rd Street, Tillamook

Roseburg: Tuesday, May 3, ODFW Roseburg District Office, 4192 North Umpqua Highway, Roseburg

Coos Bay/North Bend: Wednesday, May 4, North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Avenue, North Bend

Newport: Thursday, May 5, Hallmark Resort 744 SW Elizabeth Street, Newport

Klamath Falls: Tuesday, May 10, Oregon Institute of Technology, College Union Bldg., Mt. Bailey Room 3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls

Bend: Wednesday, May 11, Central Oregon Community College, Boyle Education Center, Room 155, 2600 NW College Way, Bend

La Grande: Tuesday, May 12, Island City Hall, Community Room, 1605 Island Ave (Island City, adjacent to La Grande)

Additional ODFW budget information can be found on the ODFW website, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/budget/

Comments on the agency proposed budget are welcome and can be submitted through June 1, 2016, by email to ODFW.Comments@state.or.us or by mail to ODFW Director’s Office, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 7302-1142. Public testimony will also be heard at the Commission meeting on June 9 in Salem.

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Contact:

Richard Hargrave
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Richard.J.Hargrave@state.or.us
(503) 947-6020

 
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