Senate bill would merge 10 agencies into one
Natural Resource News Note:
The Oregon Senate is hearing Senate Bill 521 which would move 10 state natural resource agencies under one authority. That central agency would be the Oregon Department of Natural Resources. The Oregon Farm Bureau opposes the bill telling the Statesman Journal “We see Senate Bill 521 as more bureaucracy. Consolidation doesn’t always guarantee efficiencies and cost savings.”
The agencies to be abolished would be the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Fish and Wildlife Commission, State Parks and Recreation Department, State Parks and Recreation Commission, Department of State Lands, Department of Land Conservation and Development, Land Conservation and Development Commission, Land Use Board of Appeals, State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Water Resources Department, Water Resources Commission, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, State Forestry Department, State Board of Forestry and Oregon Forest Resources Institute.
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