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1 OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area 1

2 Benefits for all Oregonians 2

3 The Mission To protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. 3

4 Founded on conservation 1848 Territorial Constitution declared rivers and streams with salmon shall not be dammed or otherwise obstructed unless fish passage is provided Fishways required over dams. Seasons for deer, elk, upland bird and waterfowl. Prohibited use of explosives or poisons for taking fish. 4

5 Founded on conservation Carl Shoemaker, Chief of Oregon Fish & Game Commission helped develop national model for funding fish and wildlife management Wildlife as a public trust Balance conservation and use User pay model Licenses and tag sales Federal excise tax on firearms, ammunition, and fishing tackle Funding for state fish and wildlife management Successful for fishing, hunting, conservation efforts and is the primary funding source 5

6 Recreational Fisheries 6

7 Recreational Hunting 7

8 Economic Impact Percentage of All Travel Spending 8

9 Conservation is the Foundation Salmon & steelhead conservation & recovery Wildlife species management Emphasis on habitat conservation, restoration and monitoring Successes Oregon Chub Coastal coho? Columbia White-tailed deer Wolves 9

10 Fish Screens and Passage South Santiam Fishway Bear Creek Screen 10

11 Monitoring Oregon s Nearshore 11

12 Fish and Wildlife Habitat Guidance on proposed land use activities and developments affecting fish, wildlife & habitat Consultation with regulatory agencies 12

13 Habitat Restoration Mule Deer Initiative 266,138 acres treated Federal, state & private partners Juniper clearing Forest thinning Shrub forage enhancements Restoration of springs Predation and poaching 13

14 Habitat Restoration Sage-Grouse Radio collaring sage-grouse following wildfire Focus on land use changes and habitat fragmentation Restore sage brush steppe habitat Consider impact of fire, predation & non-native grasses Removal of encroaching junipers in sage-grouse habitat. 14

15 Oregon Conservation Strategy Voluntary plan for conservation Strategy habitats Wetlands, grasslands, riparian corridors, and oak woodlands Fill data gaps on more than 600 nongame species Invasive species control Conservation education Western Pond Turtle monitoring Kit fox in Southeast Oregon 15

16 Budget Challenges New Concerns 16

17 Budget Challenges Increasing Demand for Recreation Wildlife Viewing 1.4 million participants each year Significant economic benefit Little associated revenue 17

18 Number of Licenses 700, ,000 Budget Challenges Hunting and Fishing License Trends 500, , , , ,000 Resident Hunters Resident Anglers 0

19 Budget Challenges Revenues 50% from Anglers & Hunters 19

20 Millions $130 $125 $120 $115 $110 $105 $100 $95 $90 $85 $80 $75 $70 $65 $60 Budget Planning Assumptions: No fee increase No spending restrictions Full funding of OSP request Expenditures - 6% + OSP-CSL Revenues - Base

21 Strategies for Balancing Recreational License Budget One Time Revenue 1.5 M Efficiencies 1.5 M Fee Adjustment 9.3 M Reductions 7.4 M Shift to Alternative Revenue 11.8 M 21

22 Efficiency & Cost Savings Reduced printed publications such as regulations $180,000 per biennium Regional consolidation (going from 4 to 2) $600,000 per biennium Vehicle management $500,000 per biennium Administrative Services Labor Savings $220,000 per biennium Headquarters building $900,000 savings per biennium $360,000 DEQ revenue per biennium Efficiencies $1.5 M in 2 years 22

23 Program Reductions 48 positions eliminated or reduced Fish Funded Programs (27 positions) Fish propagation / hatcheries Screens and Passage / Engineering Recreational fisheries Field biologists Marine program Conservation Support staff Regions (11 positions) Support staff and technicians Administration (10 positions) Total Reductions $7.4 M in 2 years 23

24 Shift to Other Revenue Sources Shift to General Fund ($4.5 M) Field staff ($3.6 M) Water Quality Quantity ($605 k) Habitat and conservation strategy staff ($299 k) Shift OSP to General Fund ($5.1 M) Shift costs to various revenues where appropriate ($2.2 M) Shift to Other Revenue $11.8 M in 2 years 24

25 License Fee Adjustment Minimize impacts on participation Strategic adjustments rather than across the board 2 year increments rather than 6 year New license concepts Youth & family participation Leverage federal funds Senate Bill 247 Fee Adjustment Restructuring $9.3 M in 2 years 25

26 Fee Adjustment New Youth License Reduced costs overall for youth $10 license for years of age Hunt, fish, shellfish Resident & nonresident Columbia endorsement included 26

27 2015 Legislative Action Senate Bill 247 Fee proposal approved Additional General Fund appropriated House Bill 3315 cost for services approved House Bill 2402 Task Force legislation approved Importance of fish and wildlife New pressure on fish and wildlife ODFW role and responsibility Current funding approach is not sustainable 27

28 The opportunity Sustainable fish and wildlife in Oregon Diversified, stable funding for fish and wildlife management and conservation New funding for new challenges Funding for current efforts that benefit all Oregonians Supplement current contribution by hunters and anglers Reduce need for future fee increases 28

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