In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed a historic bill aimed at proactively restoring and protecting the state's natural living resources. HB 2829—signed by Gov. Kate Brown in July—established the Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund, which sets up a funding process that doesn't rely only on hunting and fishing fees collected in the state.
But in order for the fund to do the work promised, it needs private financial support in the way of private donations. HB 2829 set aside $1 million in tax funds—but it has to be matched by $1 million in private funds by June 30, 2021, in order for OCRF to get off the ground.
On Friday, people are invited to attend an event in support of the OCRF at Embark, Ruffwear's co-working space on the west side of Bend.
Oregon's First Gentleman Dan Little, along with Rep. Cheri Helt (R-Bend) and Rep. Ken Helm (D-Washington County) will speak at the event, demonstrating the bipartisan support the bill had in the Legislature last year. The event includes craft beer, refreshments and networking with conservation and recreation leaders. The event is free—though a suggested donation will go toward the OCRF.
Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund Celebration & Fundraiser
Fri., Jan. 10. 6-8pm
2843 NW Lolo Dr., Bend
RSVP at: http://bit.ly/2thE2Ry
Free but donations encouraged