It is time to make a difference and help Oregon wildlife have a sustainable future during the 2019 Oregon State Legislature regular session.
House Bill 2829 will establish the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (separate from the General Fund) to support the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to meet growing needs for research and conservation management to preserve sustainable wildlife populations for all Oregonians.
House Bill 2834 will require the Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to develop a Wildlife Corridor and Safe Road Crossing Action Plan for use by state agencies in planning animal connectivity across transportation routes. This is critically needed and cost effective. Wildlife crossings reduce costly wildlife collisions by 85%. There are over 7,000 animal/vehicle collisions every year in Oregon, at a cost to motorists of $6500 per collision. Over time crossings pay for themselves.
Although there can be intense public disagreements about the management or self-regulation of some species, House Bills 2829 and 2834 bridge these differences and benefit all species of wildlife and the public. Wildlife connects us to the natural world. We need to protect it.
Please email, write or phone members of the House Committee on Natural Resources now and urge them to support these two bills. The fate of wildlife in Oregon will be determined by you.