Department of Fish and Wildlife: Agency Subdivisions

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 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. 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: 503-947-6200
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 the harvest, protection and 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: 503-947-6232
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: 503-947-6002
Fax: 503-947-6009
Contact: Roger Fuhrman, 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 relations communications, social media, 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: Doug Cottam, Administrator
Statutory Authority: ORS 496.124

Duties and Responsibilities: The 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 and guides voluntary actions to conserve wildlife on public and private land.

Access and Habitat Program

Address: 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem 97302-1142
Phone: 503-947-6087
Contact: Travis Schultz, Coordinator
Statutory Authority: ORS 496.228

Duties and Responsibilities: In 1993, the Oregon Legislature created this 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 its 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 resources.