Protecting Our Environment

Friday, October 19, 2018

As a native Oregonian, Jeff enjoys spending time outdoors in the beauty of our great state whenever possible. Jeff makes environmental protection a high priority, and he works with passion to secure federal funding for projects that preserve the beautiful lands and wildlife of Oregon and improve access for recreation.

In 2018, Jeff helped secure three major grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for projects in Oregon. The Burns-Paiute tribe received $215,000 in federal money for a one-year project aimed at increasing sustainability under the General Assistance Project and the Clear Water Act. Additionally, $69,525 was given to the Lane Council of Governments for its project to improve wetland local planning. It seeks to utilize new technologies to improve wetland assessment and protection. Further, with Jeff’s support and advocacy, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians received $177,314 to build tribal capacity for resource planning and habitat restoration. The tribes also plan to expand the Wetland Program Plan and conduct essential wetland assessments.

Jeff will continue his efforts to make sure environmental projects in the state receive federal funding to help mitigate the effects of climate change and pollution.