The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission makes decisions and sets policies that can literally determine the destiny, or fate, of the state's magnificent range of wildlife. So who gets appointed this fall by Gov. Kate Brown will make all the difference.
If Chair Michael Finley and Commissioner Holly Akenson (the commission's only biologists) are replaced by people favored by the livestock, sporthunting and extractive industries, the balance within the seven-member body could be upset -- with potentially dire consquences for the state's vulnerable wildlife, such as wolves.
Decisions about Oregon's natural resources should be made by a commission that represents the broad interests in the state, including wildlife-viewers, hikers, scientists and educators -- not just those with a financial stake.
September 8, 2015 Action Alert ID# 270
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