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Eddy named ODFW regional manager of Eastern Oregon Region

In an effort to reduce costs, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is consolidating its regions from four to two, effective this week. The change puts Bruce Eddy of La Grande in charge of all ODFW offices east of the Cascades.

“We have a phenomenal staff around the state, but we are looking at reducing some administrative costs,” said Roger Fuhrman, director of the agency’s information and education.

Eddy, who for almost two years headed up the Northeast Oregon Region will now be the Eastern Oregon regional manager and Larry Cooper, formerly the Southwest Oregon regional manager, will oversee all of offices on the west side of the state from his Roseburg office.

“We’ve looking at way to reduce cost that doesn’t affect customer service,” Fuhrman said. “We had the opportunity to reduce costs with retirement and we took that opportunity.”

He said the agency’s watershed structure will remain the same.

Also on the horizon are fee increases that fund approximately one third of the department’s budget. Fuhrman said fees are on a six year schedule and the last increase was in 2010.

The department is in the beginning stages of mapping out their 2015-2017 biennium budget and will present it to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in August. If approved it will then go to the governor’s office for consideration and then introduced as legislation in the winter of 2015, said Fuhrman.

Public meetings will begin in May with one in La Grande scheduled for May 20.

“We do a pretty extensive public involvement with town hall meetings around the state asking hunters and anglers to give us their perspective,” said Fuhrman.

In addition to fee increases, the Department is looking at different license and tag combinations that would increase sales.

 

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