(OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE PRESS RELEASE)
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today named a 141-acre area long the Yachats River the Tami Wagner Wildlife Area, in memory of a highly regarded ODFW employee who died in a car accident near Toledo last year while on her way to the area.
“This means a lot to us because this was more than just a job to her,” said Tami’s husband, Dave Wagner, who was at the meeting.
The formerly unnamed area was purchased in the 1970s to provide forage for elk and help alleviate elk damage to surrounding agricultural land. It also offers hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities and public access to the Siuslaw National Forest along the Yachats River Highway, where there are few public access points. The area is also popular with fall chinook and winter steelhead anglers.
ODFW District Biologist Douglas Cottam explained that the property was well-maintained in large part due to Tami’s personal devotion to maintaining it and her volunteer coordination efforts. Groups like the Lincoln County Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, Willamette Valley Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Longview Hills Fishing Club and Central Coast Flyfishers have devoted hundreds of hours to improving fish and wildlife habitat on the property.
The Commission also approved 2012 big game regulations in concept and adopted 131,746 fall 2011 big game controlled hunt tags. ODFW expects to begin the controlled hunt draw Friday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m. Results will be mailed to controlled hunt applicants no later than June 20.
The Commission expanded rules for Oregon’s approximately 100 licensed wildlife rehabilitators. The rules clarify how and where rehabilitated wildlife may be released, expand on the level of care provided to wildlife during rehabilitation, and more clearly align the rules with other wildlife policies like the Wildlife Integrity Rules and species’ management plans.
Licensed wildlife rehabilitators care for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. An external advisory group that included 13 licensed wildlife rehabilitators helped put together the proposed new rules, which have not been changed since they were adopted in 1983.
The Commission heard public testimony on proposed new rules for competitive hunting dog trials and hunting dog and falcon training. It will not take final action on the rules until tomorrow morning.
The Commission meeting will continue tomorrow at 8 a.m. at ODFW Headquarters, 3406 Cherry Ave NE, Salem.