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State ODFW looking for new director: Less on the hunting/fishing side and more on the conservation/environmental protection side

Planting fish in an Oregon River.  USFW photo

Planting fish in an Oregon River. USFW photo

Oregon Fish and Wildlife board members are trying to recruit who some might call a more environmentally sensitive director for the department, different from the last director which, it’s alledged,leaned more toward managing wildlife for hunting and fishing – rather than conservation.

In recent tough budget times, state agencies have had to push to derive much of their budgets from those who benefit most from good stewardship of the resource – hunters and fishermen. Now that those kinds of “clients” of ODFW are down in number it’s put a crunch on their budget.

It sounds like some Oregon natural resource management agencies have been trapped on a set of directives that maximizes use rather than conservation and preservation of the ecological health of the animals pursued.

Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.

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