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Grassroots Letter Requested To ODF&W Commission

It's time for us to ask for your help again. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission published its agenda for the August 5th meeting yesterday. Unfortunately neither grass carp or Devil's Lake are listed as an agenda item. This setback will prevent the Commission from taking any action on the topic during this meeting.  DLWID is, however, invited to provide verbal comments in the public portion of the meeting. Josh Brainerd DLWID Manager will be making comments on behalf of the lake.  Others will not be allowed to speak on this non-agenda item.

This is where you come in.  We are allowed to write to the ODFW Commission about any topic we want.  In order to make an impression as well as show our support of our manager we have a specific letter writing request.  We have created a template for the Commission and we would request everybody forwarded it to the ODFW Commission, ODFW Director, and the Governor.  All letters must arrive at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, so the due date for this request is August 2, 2022. Does it really do any good for each of them to receive a couple hundred of the same letter? Indeed it does.

Thank you in advance for your participation. 

Here's what to do by  Aug 2, 2022

  1. Download the letter from this link. (WORD) (PDF)
  2. Optionally edit the letter to include your name and address. 
  3. Send the letter as an attachment by email, feel free to add a few photos if you wish. You can add a more personal message in the body of the email
  4. Send the email to [email protected], [email protected]
  5. Let the Governor know by mailing a copy (address at bottom of letter) or completing the online form at this link.
  6. Let us know you did it by completing a brief questionnaire
  7. That’s it.

General Advocacy

To achieve our mission, we believe in combining online and offline activism. We invite all of our neighbors to join in and participate in our online community.   

This is the beginning of our grassroots page "Take Action" which will be the home of information on how to advocate for Devils Lake before the Legislators, Administrators, and others that may have a say in implementing a solution to Save Devils Lake.

Letter Samples:


  • General guidelines
    Review this set of suggestions for writing an effective letter to politicians. (PDF)
  • Template 1
    Emphasis on speed of spread and request grass carp approval. (PDF) (WORD)
  • Template 2
    Emphasis on being long-term resident or user of the lake, asks for approval of grass carp (PDF) (WORD)
  • Template 3
    Characterizes the Devils Lake situation as an emergency, appeals to State. (PDF) (WORD)
  • Template 4
    Provides a bullet list of our issues to help build your own letter. (PDF) (WORD)
  • More Coming Soon...


Letter Candidates:

This is a list of addresses and email addresses to use for sending letters of concern for the Elodea issue on Devils Lake.

Of the three proposals of solutions for this issue the consensus seemed to be to push for a positive vote for bringing back grass carp.

Be sure to reference your home address, especially if you live on or around the lake and ask other friends and family to send concerns as well.

Please consider sending letters/emails to all or some of the addresses below.


SEND COPIES BY EMAIL TO [email protected]


Governor Kate Brown

Attention Constituent Services
900 Court Street
Suite 254
Salem, OR. 97301-4047

Web Email : www.oregon.gov/gov/pages/contact.aspx

US Senator Ron Wyden
707 13th St. SE
Suite 285
Salem, OR. 97301
503 589-4555
Washington DC Office
221 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3703
202 224-5244

Web Email: www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/email-ron

US Senator Jeff Merkley
121 SW Salmon St
Suite 1400
Portland 97204
531 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202 224-3753

Web Email: www.merkley.senate.gov/contact

US Representative Kurt Schrader
2431 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
202 225-5711

Representative David Gomberg
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Email: [email protected]
503 986-1410

Senator Dick Anderson
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Email: [email protected]
503 986-1705

ODFW Director
Curt Melcher
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive. SE
Salem, OR 97302
503 947-6000

ODFW Public Service Representative
Email: [email protected]

ODFW Deputy Director
Chandra Ferrai
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR  97301
Email: [email protected]
503 985-4550

Noxious Weed Program Projects Coordinator
Thomas Forney
Oregon Department of Agriculture –Plant Protection & Conservation
635 Capitol St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2532
Email: [email protected]
PH: 503 986-4623  CELL: 971.345.1756

Lower NW Oregon Weed Specialist
Troy Abercrombie
Oregon Department of Agriculture –Plant Protection & Conservation
635 Capitol St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2532
Email: [email protected]



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