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Department of Fish and Wildlife: Agency Subdivisions

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Fish and Wildlife Commission
Address: 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-947-6033
Contact: Director’s Office
Statutory Authority: ORS 496.090

Duties and Responsibilities: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission consists of seven members appointed by the governor for staggered, four-year terms. One commissioner must be from each congressional district, one from east of the Cascades and one from west of the Cascades.

The commission was formed July 1, 1975, when the formerly separate fish and wildlife commissions were merged. ODFW consists of the commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 1,000 permanent employees. Commissioners formulate general state programs and policies concerning management and conservation of fish and wildlife resources and establish seasons, methods and bag limits for recreational and commercial take.

Fish Division
Address: 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-947-6201
Fax: 503-947-6202
Contact: Ed Bowles, Administrator

Statutory Authority: ORS 496.124, 506.142

Duties and Responsibilities: As part of ODFW’s mission to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats, the department is charged by statute to protect and propagate fish in the state. This includes direct responsibility for regulating harvest of fish, protection of fish, enhancement of fish populations through habitat improvement, and the rearing and release of fish into public waters. ODFW maintains hatcheries throughout the state to provide fish for program needs.


Restoration and Enhancement Board
Address: 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-947-6259
Contact: Kevin Herkamp, Coordinator
Statutory Authority: ORS 496.286–496.291

Duties and Responsibilities: On June 29, 1989, the Oregon Fisheries Restoration and Enhancement Act of 1989 was signed into law. The Act allows the Department of Fish and Wildlife to undertake a comprehensive program to restore state-owned fish hatcheries, enhance natural fish production, expand hatchery production and provide additional public access to fishing waters. The department’s program provides increased recreational fishing opportunities and supports and improves the commercial salmon fishery.


Information and Education Division
Address: 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-947-6011
Fax: 503-947-6009
Contact: Rick Hargrave, Administrator

Duties and Responsibilities: This division directs and/or provides all communications and education services for the department. These services include strategic outreach programs, informational campaigns, media and public relation communications, public involvement activities, special events, hunter education programs, aquatic and angler education programs, additional education activities, creation of publications and videos and website management.

Wildlife Division
Address: 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-947-6300
Fax: 503-947-6330
Contact: Ron Anglin, Administrator

Duties and Responsibilities: The Wildlife Division has direct responsibility for monitoring the numbers and health of wildlife species, setting population conservation and management objectives, overseeing wildlife habitat restoration and maintenance and regulating harvest of game animals. The Oregon Conservation Strategy is a key part of the division.

Access and Habitat Program
Address: 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-947-6087
Contact: Isaac Sanders, Coordinator
Statutory Authority: ORS 496.228

Duties and Responsibilities: In 1993, the Oregon Legislature created the Access and Habitat Program. The new law created an incentive-based program to improve public hunting access and wildlife habitat on private lands in Oregon. The program’s motto, “Landowners and Hunters Together for Wildlife,” conveys the program’s basic mission to foster partnerships between landowners and hunters for the benefit of the wildlife they value. The program also seeks to recognize and encourage the important contributions made by landowners to the state’s wildlife resource.

The funding for the program comes from three sources: a $4 surcharge on all hunting licenses, the annual auction and raffle of 10 deer and 10 elk tags, and funding from the Green Forage and Deer Enhancement and Restoration Program.


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