The progress of HB 3086, the river basin model for ODFW Commission structure, was unfortunately stalled early last week. The -4 amendment had enough votes to pass out of the House Agriculture, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Water Committee, but it was instead referred without amendments or recommendations to the House Rules Committee.

It appears that some groups, in the eleventh hour, expressed their concerns to the committee members, as well as the House Speaker’s office and the Governor’s office, and this may have been a factor in the setback. Nonetheless, we will remain steadfast in our advocacy for the river basin model as the optimal structure for the ODFW Commission. We have the support of the hunting community, the angling community, the natural resources communities, and five of the federally recognized Tribes.

While it is unfortunate that certain tactics may have interfered with our progress, we will not be dissuaded. We will continue to champion the river basin model and work towards a brighter future for our natural resources.

With that, we want to extend our gratitude to the conservation community!

After our latest call to action to submit written testimony in support of HB 3086, we received an overwhelming response from the hunting and angling community. Hundreds of new pieces of testimony were submitted, which is truly remarkable. We are immensely appreciative of our membership for their engagement and responsiveness. However, we want to emphasize that the process is ongoing, and we will require continued engagement from our community.

We will work tirelessly with our community to keep everyone informed of new developments and opportunities for action as they arise. Please stay tuned and stay involved in this important effort.
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