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Oregon’s well-managed agricultural lands are the cornerstone of the state’s rural communities. They support valuable fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance other natural resources. Yet farms and ranches are increasingly challenged by fragmentation of farmland, conversion of farmland to non-farm uses, complex regulations, and planning for generational transfers.

The State Legislature established the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program (OAHP) in 2017 to help address these challenges. The program provides voluntary incentives to farmers and ranchers to support practices that maintain or enhance both agriculture and natural resources such as fish and wildlife on agricultural lands. OAHP was developed by a collaborative of organizations representing natural resource conservation and agriculture, including farmer and rancher representatives.

Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission

A number of Oregon boards and commissions are seeking qualified applicants to fill positions on the newly-formed Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission, which oversees OAHP and makes funding and policy recommendations to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). Interested individuals must apply by October 25, 2017 using this application​.

The commission will consist of 12 members who are appointed by the OWEB board with the following expertise and affiliations:

​# Members Sough​t ​Recommending Agency​​ ​Ex​pertise Required​
​4​​ ​State Board of Agriculture ​Farming or ranching
1​ ​Oregon State University Extension Service ​Appointed directly through OSU Extension, not through this application process
​2 ​State Fish and Wildlife Commission ​Fish and wildlife habitat
​1 ​State Board of Agriculture ​Agricultural water quality
​1 ​Land Conservation and Development Commission ​Conservation easements and similar land transfers
​1 ​OWEB ​Natural resource value interests
​1 ​OWEB ​Indian tribal interests
​1​ ​OWEB ​OWEB Board member (non-voting)

Applications will be submitted to OWEB and will be forwarded to the appropriate recommending entity. Applicants must be Oregon residents and should be available to begin their service by February 1, 2018. Desirable attributes include previous experience on boards or commissions, and Oregon-specific knowledge and/or experience that is relevant to one or more of the identified areas of expertise.

Please email your completed application to Nellie McAdams or mail it to:

Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program
ATTN: Nellie McAdams
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
775 Summer Street NE #360
Salem, Oregon 97301

Applications​ must be sent via email or post-marked by October 25, 2017 in order to be considered for the position.

For more information, contact Nellie McAdams at (503) 986-0061 or nellie.mcadams@oregon.gov.

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