Eugene, Ore. - Travel Lane County CEO Kari Westlund has been appointed to the Legislative Task Force on Funding for Fish, Wildlife and Related Outdoor Recreation and Education, created under House Bill 2402.

The Task Force begins meeting on January 12 in Salem, and is anticipated to complete recommendations by September of 2016 on funding the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) in its work engaging the public in outdoor recreation, conservation and related education.

The Task Force is charged with strengthening the ODFW's ability to carry out conservation and related outdoor recreation and education programs, as well as maintain and enhance hunting and angling opportunities within a context of equitable user fees and long-term sustainability of the department.

Westlund is particularly interested in this topic, "The intersection between public lands, conservation and recreation is a critical intersection for residents and for visitors. I am honored to participate in this important work."

Task Force meeting agendas and minutes may be accessed on the OLIS website where meeting agendas and materials will be posted, at:

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Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $609.9 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2014.