Now we are at a critical stage as legislators are making funding decisions. Please lend your voice to help better protect our marine waters by asking legislators to support Oregon’s Marine Reserves!
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I support Oregon’s Marine Reserve Program as a proven way to protect important ocean areas and connect coastal communities with the sea. Coastal ecosystems and marine wildlife face increasing pressures as our oceans continue to change. Our marine reserves are essential to help ensure opportunities to protect wildlife, study changes in the ocean and engage coastal communities are preserved.
I urge you to fully fund the Marine Reserves Program and reinstate the $187,000 allocated over two years to fund the Community Engagement Project Leader position within ODFW’s Marine Reserve Program. This role is an essential part of the important connections between coastal communities and Marine Reserves, and the Marine Reserves program, and coastal communities are less well served without that investment.
Please also support all Marine Reserves investments in HB 2903 to maximize the community and ecological benefits of these pristine coastal resources.
We appreciate you taking the time to advocate to protect Oregon’s Marine Reserve Program.