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Present Duties

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) accomplishes its mission through its fish and wildlife divisions and regional offices. Staff in these divisions and in the regional and field offices are supported by administrative divisions which include information and education, human resources, information systems, and administrative services. Oregon State Police plays a key role in the mission through enforcement of fish and wildlife regulations. The seven-member Fish and Wildlife Commission, appointed by the governor, hires the agency director, sets policy and adopts administrative rules. The director oversees agency administration and the day-to-day operations of the agency.

For the 2013–15 biennium, ODFW staffs 25 district and field offices to provide customer service, operates 33 hatchery facilities and 15 fish-rearing facilities, and manages 16 wildlife areas, with a total of 1,262 full-time equivalent employees.


Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem 97302
Telephone: 503-947-6000; Toll-free: 1-800-720-6339 (ODFW); Licensing: 503-947-6101; Controlled Hunts Hotline (Recorded): 503-947-6102
General Email:
Contact: Curt Melcher, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Michelle Tate
Records Officer Email: Carlene Boehme
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 496.080–496.166
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog