April 21, 2014 – Stan Steele, Chairman of the Board
In spite of all the things we as hunter, angler, and trapper conservationists would like to see ODFW do differently, we also need to acknowledge the “good stuff” they are accomplishing for us. Two recent ODFW agency response letters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding Oregon’s effort to gain all-encompassing management authority of the overly abundant Double-crested cormorant flocks and rapidly expanding gray wolf packs are two examples that our wildlife professionals are hearing what you are saying and they are working hard, in some aspects, to protect the fish and wildlife populations that our sports afield depend on. The letters represent the “public interest of the State of Oregon” as outlined in the following Oregon Wildlife Policy.
§ 496.012 Oregon Wildlife Code – Wildlife Policy
It is the policy of the State of Oregon that wildlife shall be managed to prevent serious depletion of any indigenous species and to provide the optimum recreational and aesthetic benefits for present and future generations of the citizens of this state. In furtherance of this policy, the State Fish and Wildlife Commission shall represent the public interest of the State of Oregon and implement the following coequal goals of wildlife management:
(1) To maintain all species of wildlife at optimum levels.
(2) To develop and manage the lands and waters of this state in a manner that will enhance the production and public enjoyment of wildlife.
(3) To permit an orderly and equitable utilization of available wildlife.
(4) To develop and maintain public access to the lands and waters of the state and the wildlife resources thereon.
(5) To regulate wildlife populations and the public enjoyment of wildlife in a manner that is compatible with primary uses of the lands and waters of the state.
(6) To provide optimum recreational benefits.
(7) To make decisions that affect wildlife resources of the state for the benefit of the wildlife resources and to make decisions that allow for the best social, economic and recreational utilization of wildlife resources by all user groups. [1973 c.723 §6; 1993 c.659 §2; 2001 c.762 §6]
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ODFW’s letters also validate the importance and effectiveness of the pro-hunter, pro-angler advocacy being conducted by the Oregon’s Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus and the TRUE conservation organizations in Oregon!
Dominic Aiello (Oregon Outdoor Council President) makes a great point:
The anti-sportsmen groups in Oregon such as Cascadia Wildlands, Oregon Wild, Native Fish Society, Cascadia Forest Defenders and others work diligently to divide sportsmen (and play on the emotions of the uniformed public) on major issues of importance to the preservation of our lifestyle. I find it important to remember that at times we may not see eye to eye on every issue but it’s important to stay united on the major issues: predator management, forest management, and restoring the rights sportsmen deserve!
Our organization’s (and partners) rational and science-based conservation advocacy is having a positive impact on the ideology of state and federal fish and wildlife management agencies. Our message is being credibly delivered and is based upon sound science and fiscally prudent economics. The positive biological, economic and social impact that hunters, anglers, trappers and recreational shooters have had for over a century on restoring-protecting our nation’s natural habitats and fish and wildlife populations is unsurpassed by any anti-hunting, anti-fishing or anti-logging environmental movement. We are the nation’s first and most enduring conservationists!
ODFW’s following delisting comments/position letters represent the majority “public interests of the State of Oregon.”
ODFW Supports Cormorant Management
ODFW Supports Oregon Gray Wolf Delisting
ODFW’s letters are in stark contrast with the minority positions taken by radical environmental organizations such as Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, The Portland Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife and even Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio, regarding what level of government is most knowledgeable and best positioned to manage Oregon’s natural resources. Their positions on forest and wildlife management are widely known and contrary to their claims, they are not protecting the habitats that our big game herds need to flourish or the interests of Oregon’s hunters, anglers, trappers and recreational shooters.
P.S. Are you attending the Oregon Outdoor Council’s predator symposium on June 14, 2014 in Albany Oregon? “How Predators and Current Predator Management are Impacting Your Hunting Opportunity!” Click here for full information!