Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (OCRF)

First introduced during the 2018 Oregon Legislative Session as HB 4015, the OCRF would provide State-matching funds for a proposed Federal funding source currently being considered in Congress. The Congressional bill is HR 4647, titled Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA). RAWA and OCRF are primarily aimed at proactive, non-regulatory wildlife conservation work, and funds would be administered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in large part for implementation of the Oregon Conservation Strategy. A small amount of the funding, up to 10%, may be used for fish and wildlife- dependent recreation. Oregon Outdoors supports this legislation for its potential contributions to conservation in the State