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'22 funded 25 projects

$997,929 for Oregon conservation and recreation

The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (OCRF) granted $997,929 in 2022 to support projects. The money was earmaked for projects that protect and enhance the species and habitats while also creating new opportunities for wildlife watching, urban conservation, community science, and other wildlife-associated recreation - as well as drought preparedness and wildfire research.

Since the formation of the OCRF three years ago, 91 projects have been funded through competitive requests for proposals. Officials say those projects have spanned the state and have provided needed funds to Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife partners promoting outdoor equity and access as well as science-focused conservation and research.

Oregonians have a long history of conservation leadership, dating back to the earliest days of statehood. “We have tried to balance the use and the protection of our natural resources,” according to an OCRF spokesman. “Thanks to the foresight, passion, and commitment of previous generations, Oregon remains a place of incredible beauty and tremendous recreational opportunity. We owe it to future generations to continue that tradition.”

In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2829 establishing the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (OCRF), along with an associated Advisory Committee to guide expenditures, and directing the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to use the fund to carry out activities to protect, maintain or enhance fish and wildlife resources in Oregon.


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