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Commission meets June 17-18 for briefings on marbled murrelets, potential archery elk changes

June 11, 2021

SALEM, Ore.—The Commission will meet via Zoom on June 17 and 18.

Thursday's meeting is from 9 a.m.-noon and Friday's meeting begins at 8 a.m. See the agenda for both meetings at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/21/06_Jun/index.asp.

The meeting will be livestreamed over ODFW's YouTube Channel, which can be viewed from this page, https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/

To testify on one of the Friday agenda items, register no later than 48 hours before the meeting (by Wednesday, June 16 at 8:00 AM) here. Additional instructions on how to testify during the Zoom meeting are available on the last page of the meeting agenda.

Comments about agenda items can also be emailed to odfw.commission@odfw.oregon.gov.

On Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon, the Commission will be provided background for the upcoming review of the marbled murrelet's status under the state's Endangered Species Act. Included in the background information is the review schedule, consideration process and criteria under the Oregon Endangered Species statutes, as well as information on general marbled murrelet biology. No public comment will be taken during this portion of the meeting. The Commission will reconvene on July 9 to reconsider reclassifying the marbled murrelet. This small seabird is currently listed as Threatened.

Friday's meeting starts at 8 a.m. with briefings on ODFW expenditures, a report on the 2021 Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework, and efforts to conserve western pond turtles.

The Commission will also be asked to:

  • Approve expenditures from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund for Forest Park for All, a project approved at the April 2 meeting of the Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee.
  • Approve funding for several projects recommended by the R&E board to restore and enhance fisheries including reclaiming the Old McKenzie Hatchery rearing pond and converting it to a community fishing pond.
  • Adopt sardine harvest limits and management measures approved by federal managers.
  • Approve funding for projects recommended by the A&H board that will renew agreements to provide hunters with access to private land, including funding OSP enforcement for several travel management areas. 
  • Approve recommendations for allocations of special big game auction and raffle tags; organizations sponsoring the auction events keep a small portion of these proceeds.
  • Approve the purchase of two conservation properties (140 acres total) known as South Coyote II and III that will be added to the existing 309-acre South Coyote Unit of Fern Ridge Wildlife Area in Lane County. Funding for the purchase would come from the Bonneville Power Administration through the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program.

Finally, the Commission will discuss potential changes to 2022 archery elk hunting seasons, including controlled hunting for certain Blue Mountains units where there are ongoing concerns with low post-season bull ratios, high archery harvest and hunter density. For more information, see the big game hunting review page, https://myodfw.com/articles/big-game-hunting-season-review. Based on direction from the Commission at the June 18 meeting, ODFW will prepare a final archery regulation proposal for consideration at the Aug. 6 Commission meeting.

Commissioners will also hold a public forum for people to comment on topics not on the agenda on Friday morning after the director's report. To participate in public forum, call the ODFW Director's office at (503) 947-6044 by Wednesday, June 16 at 8 a.m. (48 hours prior to the meeting).


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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy, (503) 931-2748, Michelle.N.Dennehy@odfw.oregon.gov

 
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