Dear Oregon BHA Members,
As we begin to plan for 2024, it's a good time to reflect back on 2023, a year marked by significant achievements and dedicated conservation efforts by the Oregon Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Notably, the passage of House Bill 3086 stands out as a landmark success, underscoring our commitment to responsible stewardship of our natural resources.
Throughout the year, we've tackled a variety of critical issues. From the Blue Mountain Forest Plan revisions, which will shape the future of our forests, to the Deschutes County Mule Deer Inventory updates, we've stayed at the forefront of wildlife management and habitat conservation. Our involvement in All Hands All Brands, a BLM Fence Prep project and Sagebrush planting and the Adopt-A-Lek Program highlighted our hands-on approach to conservation.
Additionally, our legislative tracking and public testimonies, like the one supporting a bill to fully fund the Oregon Conservation and Nearshore Strategy, demonstrate our unwavering dedication to advocacy and policy engagement. We've also critically assessed developments like the Thornburgh Resort in Central Oregon, ensuring that our voices are heard in matters affecting our landscapes.
On top of our policy involvement and achievements, we’ve also been active around the state with a variety of Pint Nights, Backcountry Brews, trail maintenance, Sportsmans Shows, and even an Earth Day fair or two. We’ll continue many of these community events in 2024 and we look forward to seeing you there!
This year, our collective efforts have significantly contributed to safeguarding Oregon's diverse landscapes and thriving wildlife, ensuring that hunting and fishing traditions can be enjoyed for generations to come. The success of our chapter is a direct result of our members' enthusiastic participation. As we persist in our mission to be leaders in the stewardship of hunting, fishing, and public lands, we encourage you to remain actively involved. Please continue to engage with us, share insights on hunting and fishing matters, and highlight any issues concerning public lands. Let's take this momentum forward into the next year, zealously advocating for the outdoor pursuits and public lands that are so integral to our community.
Here's to another year of making a difference!
The Oregon Chapter Board
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers