Application, Administration and Enforcement of Wildlife Laws
Agency assistance and advice regarding plan
(2)Moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife to carry out activities that serve to protect, maintain or enhance fish and wildlife resources in Oregon. The activities for which the department may expend fund moneys include, but are not limited to:
(a)Promoting the health of Oregon’s ecosystems and fish and wildlife species by implementing conservation programs and strategies identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy, as defined in ORS 541.890 (Definitions for ORS 541.890 to 541.969), including conservation programs and strategies for the nearshore identified in the marine component of the Oregon Conservation Strategy;
(b)Improving engagement of the public in hunting and fishing opportunities and in other outdoor recreation opportunities related to and in support of healthy fish, wildlife and habitats;
(c)Improving educational outreach and engagement of the public, including diverse and underserved communities, related to and in support of healthy fish, wildlife and habitats;
(d)Engaging in, and providing funding for, joint projects of the department and the State Parks and Recreation Department or other state agencies as recommended by the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee established under section 2 of this 2019 Act; and
(e)Other conservation, management, research, habitat improvement, enforcement, outdoor recreation or education activities.
(3)The fund shall consist of:
(a)Moneys appropriated to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife for deposit in the fund or otherwise transferred to the fund; and
(b)Gifts, grants, contributions or other donations for use as described in subsection (2) of this section, that are received by the department from any public or private source and caused to be deposited and credited to the fund. [2019 c.531 §1]
(2)The committee shall review department policies regarding the use of Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund moneys and make recommendations to the commission and the department regarding the use of fund moneys for implementing and administering department activities.
(3)Members of the committee may not receive compensation for service as members. However, subject to any applicable law regulating travel and other expenses of state officers and employees, a member may be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of official duties from moneys available to the department for the purpose of reimbursement of committee members.
(4)The department and the committee jointly shall submit a biennial report to the Legislative Assembly as provided in ORS 293.640 (Period covered by biennial reports) regarding the expenditure of moneys deposited in the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund established under section 1 of this 2019 Act and on the status of various activities funded by the moneys. [2019 c.531 §2]
(2)Any moneys remaining in the fund on the operative date specified in section 5 of this 2019 Act [July 1, 2021] that are unexpended, unobligated and not subject to any conditions shall be transferred to the General Fund. [2019 c.531 §4]
Notes of Decisions
Fish and Wildlife Commission has statutory authority to provide by rule for is suance of special ceremonial hunting permits for specific tribes that are not otherwise allowed under hunting and fishing agreement between federal and state governments and that tribe. Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon v. Department of Fish and Wildlife, 244 Or App 535, 260 P3d 705 (2011)
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Commission authority to restrict use of boat ramp it locates on state land, (1971) Vol 35, p 900