The OCRF is excited the announcement of the funding of 25 new projects from the granting cycle that opened on August 12th 2022, and closed on October 7th 2022. Projects collectively totaling $997,929 address statewide conservation and/or recreation needs, with many projects also addressing drought preparedness and wildfire research.
The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (Fund) is a new way for Oregonians to support projects that protect and enhance the species and habitats identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy and create new opportunities for wildlife watching, urban conservation, community science, and other wildlife-associated recreation. The OCRF will prioritize projects that implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint for conserving Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats before they become more difficult to protect. The OCRF will also invest in outdoor recreation opportunities that connect Oregonians to the natural world and increase equity for underserved communities.
Since the formation of the OCRF, 91 projects have been funded through four rounds of competitive requests for proposals (RFP). These projects have spanned the state and have provided needed funds to ODFW partners promoting outdoor equity and access as well as science-focused conservation and research. The Advisory Committee seeks to make expenditures in each funding round encompassing diverse geography, taxonomy, representation of program priorities, and partner engagement.
Oregonians have a long history of conservation leadership. From the earliest days of statehood, we have tried to balance the use and the protection of our natural resources. Thanks to the foresight, passion and commitment of previous generations, Oregon remains a place of incredible beauty and tremendous recreational opportunity. We owe it to future generations to continue that tradition. The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund is an opportunity for all Oregonians to invest in a 21st century approach to conserving our living natural resources for present and future generations.
In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2829 establishing the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (OCRF), along with an associated Advisory Committee to guide expenditures, and directing the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to use the fund to carry out activities to protect, maintain or enhance fish and wildlife resources in Oregon.
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