ODFW Seeks Proposals that Increase Public Hunting Access

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Access and Habitat Board is seeking grant proposals for projects that increase public hunting access and/or benefit wildlife habitat on private lands. The application deadline is July 9, 2003. Projects that have received funding in the past include wildlife forage seeding, water development, riparian protection, meadow fertilization, wetland restoration, regulated public access, law enforcement patrol, and travel management areas.

Individuals, organizations or agencies wishing to receive a grant must complete an application describing the project and its benefits to wildlife and/or provisions for public hunting opportunities. Proposals are reviewed by Regional A&H Advisory Councils and the A&H Board. Recommended projects are forwarded to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for final approval.

Created by the Oregon Legislature in 1993, the A&H Program is funded by a $2 surcharge on hunting licenses. Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations, and others for cooperative wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects throughout the state.

For application materials or additional information about the Access and Habitat Program, contact program coordinator Susan Barnes at (503) 872-5260, ext. 5349. Application materials are also available at www.dfw.state.or.us on the main wildlife page.