Department of Fish and Wildlife

Present Duties

Fish and Wildlife Building
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Building in Salem. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The statutory obligation and mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is to “protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.” ODFW accomplishes this 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. The Oregon State Police play 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.

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Agency Subdivisions

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

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem 97302
Phone: 503-947-6000; Toll-free: 1-800-720-6339 (ODFW); Licensing and Controlled Hunts Information: 503-947-6102
General Email:
Contact: Curt Melcher, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Michelle Tate
Records Officer Email: Steve Bergmann
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 496.080–496.166
Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Administrative correspondence
Dates: 1912-1922
Cubic Ft.: 1.50
Title: Annual reports
Dates: 1905-1906
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Bonneville Central hatchery monthly operations summaries
Dates: 1913 - 1915
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Egg reports
Dates: 1914-1925
Volumes: 5
Title: Fish and Game Commission minutes
Dates: 1901-1977, 1910-1915
Cubic Ft.: 3
Volumes: 1
Title: Free license register
Dates: 1930-1934
Volumes: 1
Title: Game laws violation case records
Dates: 1921-1938
Volumes: 3
Title: Hatchery correspondence
Dates: 1913-1922
Cubic Ft.: 2.50
Title: Joint Fisheries Committee of Oregon and Washington Legislatures minutes
Dates: 1921
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: License sales register
Dates: 1901-1915
Cubic Ft.: .1
Volumes: 5
Title: Master fish warden correspondence
Dates: 1919-1931
Cubic Ft.: 22.50
Title: Master fish warden journal
Dates: 1901-1904
Cubic Ft.:.1
Title: Monthly hatchery pond reports
Dates: 1916-1924
Volumes: 6
Title: Oregon Salmon Hatchery superintendent convention minutes
Dates: 1925
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Predatory animal eradication appropriations
Dates: 1936-1940
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Publications
Dates: 1948-1982
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Sea lion hunting records
Dates: 1924-1930
Cubic Ft.: .5