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New program will pay Willamette Valley landowners with goose damage for hunting access
June 21, 2011


SALEM, Ore. — Willamette Valley landowners who have Canada geese using their properties can earn some additional income by providing public hunting access through ODFW’s s new Oregon Open Fields program.

Funded by a federal grant, the program seeks to open 95,000 acres of private land in the Willamette Valley to public goose hunting while reducing goose damage to crops.

Landowners that participate will receive payment based on criteria like the size of the access area and type of access permitted (advance reservation required or walk-in hunting access). Payment will range from 78 cents to $3 per acre. Payments for hunting access for similar programs average about $2 an acre.

ODFW staff help landowners that participate in the program by posting signs, installing permit boxes, patrolling properties, coordinating hunter reservations, and managing all other aspects of the hunting access program. The state’s Recreational Use Statute also provides liability protection for participating landowners.

The Oregon Open Fields program is administered through the ODFW Access and Habitat Program and is funded by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

Increasing hunting was one of the recommendations of the Oregon Goose Control Task Force, which looked at ways to reduce goose damage to agriculture.

For more information about participating in the Oregon Open Fields program, contact ODFW at 503-947-6317 or visit the Oregon Open Fields website.




Michelle Dennehy (503) 931-2748

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