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Measure 76

  • Argument in Favor

    Vote “YES” Measure 76
    Bringing Everyone Together to do Good Things
    For Communities, Jobs, Parks and the Environment

    Rarely in politics, government or public service does a subject bring people together. All too frequent it is conflict, controversy and division. One area of wide spread agreement is our parks and watersheds. We Oregonians love our rivers and streams. We love our iconic salmon. We love our forests, open spaces and panoramic vistas.

    Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board offers grants and technical assistance on watershed repair and improvement to public and private land owners. This work brings people together.

    I’ve witnessed folks from the entire political spectrum, putting their political and social differences aside, working shoulder to shoulder, restoring and improving Johnson Creek watershed in SE Portland. Across this state I’ve toured farms, ranches, woodlands both large and small, where property owners are doing the same.

    All to the lasting benefit of Oregon’s environment and our children’s world.

    Another thing we can all agree on; this effort takes money. Oregon needs a dedicated fund for Oregon’s parks, watershed councils and fish and wildlife habitats. This effort provides real on the ground, visible and tangible results. You can actually see, walk on, swim in, fish in and touch the results of this effort. It’s a great investment with long term returns.

    Please join me and vote yes on Measure 76.

    (This information furnished by Representative Mike Schaufler.)


    Argument in Favor

    Vote Yes on Measure 76
    For Our Water, Parks and Wildlife
    For Our Economy
    For Oregon

    Oregon is a special place, with a connection to nature that other places have lost. Here in Oregon, we are lucky. Our natural treasures are all around us. Our rivers, streams and natural areas help define a quality of life that we all value.

    But our quality of life is not guaranteed. Yes on this measure will protect our natural heritage and meet our basic, urgent needs: protecting our clean water, providing good familysupporting jobs and preserving Oregon’s natural areas for everyone. Measure 76 continues an effective existing program improving its accountability, without raising taxes or taking a dime away from other priorities.

    Protecting our water, our land, and our way of life is priority we must protect. Measure 76 stands alone as a chance to preserve the very place we live. And it is a smart, affordable and accountable way to do it.

    Here is what Measure 76 will do:

    • Ensure clean safe water in Oregon: This measure protects the vital natural areas that protect our state’s clean, safe drinking water.
    • Preserve what’s special about Oregon - for now, and for our children and grandchildren: Our parks, mountains, wildlife, and beaches are what help make Oregon special. We can’t go back to the days of water that was polluted and parks that were dangerous and unsafe.
    • Provide good, family-supporting jobs both directly through restoration, construction and work in our parks, but also through tourists and travelers who come to visit Oregon’s natural treasures.

    And Measure 76 creates a very high standard of accountability:
    Regular audits ensure that this money is going directly to effective projects on the ground.

    With no new spending, and no cuts to other services,
    this is an investment we have to make.

    Yes on 76
    It’s about where we live.
    And who we are.

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Protect Our Priorities: Preserve our Clean Water, Parks and Wildlife

    Join the League of Women Voters of Oregon in Supporting Measure 76

    Measure 76 is our opportunity to preserve Oregon’s clean waters, quality of life and natural beauty…and to ensure that our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy the same quality of life we do.

    Preserving Clean Water

    All Oregonians share a need for clean water. Maintaining and improving water quality in Oregon’s rivers, lakes and streams is essential to our quality of life. Measure 76 will allow Oregon to protect land around headwaters and surrounding upland forests, preserve wetlands and stream corridors, and work with private land owners to provide restoration and long-term stewardship. All of this extremely vital work will improve our water quality and protect our wildlife.

    A Plan to Protect our Natural Legacy

    Over the last 10 years, Oregon has created a comprehensive system of local organizations that partner with local businesses and land owners to protect sensitive lands for clean water, public health and safety. This investment has strengthened Oregon’s economy and provided thousands of family wage jobs in every community in our state.

    Now is the time to pass this measure in order to continue this work - if we don’t act, more critically important natural areas and fish and wildlife habitat will be lost forever as Oregon grows. Measure 76 will protect lands that are valuable for fish and wildlife habitats.

    The League of Women Voters of Oregon recognizes the importance of abundant clean water. Measure 76 protects a most basic, urgent need: improving our water quality, and preserving our quality of life.

    For clean water today and a legacy we can be proud of, The League of Women Voters of Oregon hopes you join us in VOTING YES ON 76.

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    A MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR BARBARA ROBERTS

    Let me share a story. I was raised in the small town of Sheridan in Yamhill County. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we fished in the creeks and rivers and we camped in Oregon’s parks. Those river banks and beautiful camping spots are where I learned what it means to be an Oregonian.

    When I became a state representative, secretary of state, and eventually Oregon’s governor, I never forgot those childhood experiences. As I traveled every corner of Oregon, I met hundreds of kindred spirits. Oregonians know their rivers, streams, and the special places that hold their family memories. When you treasure places and want to protect them for your children and grandchildren – that’s what defines you as an Oregonian.

    Twelve years ago, this special Oregon legacy was in jeopardy. Our state parks were falling apart and many were about to be closed. Our rivers and streams were polluted and getting worse. Voters passed a measure to provide modest funding to fix these problems, without raising taxes. It’s been tremendously successful. There’s plenty left to do, but we’re on the right track. Unlike many other states, Oregonians are daily protecting and restoring clean water and important natural areas. We’re building a future – a legacy – we can be proud of.

    As a single working mom who once struggled to provide for my two sons, I knew that safe, healthy parks and clean rivers and streams were not a luxury. Today, as then, they provide physical and emotional sustenance to many Oregon families, especially those who cannot afford vacations in faraway places.

    If you wondered why I’m passionate about Ballot Measure 76, now you know. I hope you’ll join me in protecting Oregon’s natural heritage by voting YES on 76.

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Oregon Council 75 urges you to vote YES on Measure 76.

    This measure is designed to continue a voter-approved dedication of 15% of Oregon Lottery funds to preserve parks, water, and wildlife in Oregon. The Lottery money currently supports the work of local and state parks and the work to restore and maintain waterways across the state, as well as strengthening native fish populations. The Lottery money funds work that is essential to enduring that Oregon’s natural resources and beauty will be preserved for generations to come.

    As public employees, we know that Oregon is dealing with many important priorities. Our state’s water, parks, and wildlife are fundamental to our way of life, and we need to make a commitment to protect these services before it’s too late. Without this Measure, Oregon AFSCME Council 75 is concerned that our ability to maintain these resources, and the jobs they create, will cease. These programs have a dedicated source of funding, and Oregon AFSCME Council 75 strongly supports continuing them, and continuing our investment in keeping Oregon the great place that it is.

    Join us in supporting continued conservation of Oregon’s natural resources by voting YES on Measure 76.

    (This information furnished by Joseph E. Baessler, Oregon AFSCME Council 75.)


    Argument in Favor

    RIVER PROTECTION ORGANIZATIONS SAY PROTECT OUR MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCES

    VOTE YES FOR MEASURE 76

    Clean Water

    What could be more important to our health, our communities, and our lives? Oregon’s rivers feed all of our lives. The undersigned organizations work to ensure that our rivers and streams are safe to drink, to fish, to swim and to boat. That’s why we are working to pass Measure 76 – only a Yes vote will protect the rivers that feed all Oregonians.

    Safeguarding our Natural Infrastructure

    By safeguarding streams and wetlands, we are preserving nature’s ability to filter and supply clean water. As Oregon grows, this “natural infrastructure” will become more important than ever. By voting YES on Measure 76, we will provide essential support for restoring our streams and rivers and preventing future pollution.

    Vote Yes Today to Save Tomorrow

    From providing clean water to absorbing periodic floods, nothing works better or cheaper than nature’s own systems of wetlands, small headwater streams, and floodplains. And we must act now. The longer we wait to clean up Oregon’s land and water, the more it will cost us in the long run. We must Vote Yes on Measure 76 today to allow Oregon to clean our rivers, lakes and natural areas for tomorrow’s generations.

    Protect the Oregon We Love

    We live in a special place, with a connection to nature that other places have lost - if they ever had it at all. Our rivers, streams and parks are right here, helping define a quality of life that we treasure as a heritage. They provide unmatched recreation for Americans of all ages, give us clean drinking water, and connect our communities to the natural world.

    Every Oregonian Deserves Healthy Rivers

    Vote YES on Measure 76, and Protect Our Water

    American Rivers
    Food & Water Watch
    McKenzie River Trust
    The Wetlands Conservancy
    Molalla River Watch, Inc.
    Columbia Riverkeeper
    The Wild Salmon Center
    Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Audubon Society of Portland Urges You to Vote YES on Measure 76 To Protect Water, Parks and Wildlife

    Ballot Measure 76 represents a critically important opportunity to protect fish and wildlife habitat, build our local and statewide park systems and protect water quality. It renews Ballot Measure 66 which passed with overwhelming voter support in 1998 and which dedicates 15% of lottery funds to protecting natural areas and parks. Today these funds are at work restoring wildlife habitat, acquiring natural areas, and creating and improving state and local parks. But without another vote of the people, the dedicated funding expires in 2014. Passage of Measure 76 is essential to ensure that Oregon’s only dedicated source of funding for water quality, parks and wildlife remains intact.

    Measure 76 will help ensure that we maintain a legacy of healthy fish and wildlife populations, clean water and access to nature for current and future generations.

    What does Measure 76 Do? Measure 76 would continue the state’s current practice of dedicating 15% of lottery funds towards protecting parks and wildlife habitat. There is no impact on anyone’s tax bill and there is no impact on other vital services. The funding would be divided evenly between the following

    • Protecting and restoring water quality and habitats for fish and wildlife to ensure a healthy environment for generations of Oregonians
    • Preserving and improving public parks and recreation areas to provide opportunities for Oregon families to experience nature and enjoy outdoor recreation close to home. A minimum of 12% will go to local park jurisdictions with the remainder going to Oregon State Parks.

    Past generations demonstrated tremendous foresight in protecting and preserving many of the outstanding public parks and natural areas that we enjoy and benefit from today.

    Let’s leave a legacy for future generations by voting YES to protect Oregon’s Water, Parks and Wildlife!

    The Audubon Society of Portland urges You to Vote YES on Measure 76!

    (This information furnished by Meryl A. Redisch, Audubon Society of Portland.)


    Argument in Favor

    OREGON BUSINESS LEADERS SUPPORT MEASURE 76

    Since 1998, Oregon has made consistent, careful and highly effective investments to protect and restore natural habitat and to improve parks, using a small percentage of lottery funds. This dedicated funding mechanism was created by an overwhelming vote of Oregonians.

    The availability of these funds has clearly been good for Oregon’s natural environment. It has also been good for Oregon’s economic environment – creating jobs, supporting a growing business sector, attracting significant out-of-state funding and stimulating economic activity across Oregon.

    Approving Measure 76 will ensure that these economic benefits continue – at a time when they are more important than ever.

    Most of these benefits – which include thousands of jobs across Oregon and millions of dollars in total economic impact – stem from the predictability of dedicated funding. It would simply not be possible to achieve these economic benefits through the ad hoc, piecemeal process that would arise in the absence of this program.

    These factors make a compelling business case to renew this funding this year. There are certainly many other issues and problems facing Oregon that would benefit from new thinking. However, funding for clean water, parks and healthy habitats for fish and wildlife is not one of them.

    Oregonians have always valued ways of supporting the environment that also support the economy. Based on more than a decade of experience, the current process is a success – for the economy as well as the environment. We urge you to vote YES on 76.

    William D. Thorndike, Jr.,
    President
    Medford Fabrication 
    Medford, Oregon

    Nik Blosser, President 
    Celilo Group Media, Inc. 
    Portland, OR

    David Evans and Associates,
    Portland, OR

    Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc.
    Portland, Oregon

    Brian Gard
    Gard Communications

    E. Randolph Labbe, President
    Kerr Pacific Corp.
    Portland, Oregon

    Amy Tykeson, Owner
    Bend Broadband
    Bend, OR

    Christine Vernier, Owner
    Vernier Software & Technology
    Beaverton, OR

    John D. Carter, Owner & Manager
    Dusky Goose LLC
    Birch Creek Associates LLC

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    EDUCATORS and TEACHERS

    SAY VOTE YES ON MEASURE 76

    As teachers and professors, we know that learning happens both in and outside the classroom. That’s why we enthusiastically support Measure 76.

    Oregon’s parks and natural areas are outdoor classrooms for our kids, providing unique environmental education opportunities in natural settings close to home. Hands-on learning programs in Oregon’s great outdoors provide all students – from the youngest preschooler to the Ph.D. candidate – the opportunity to get real-world understanding of math, science, analytical skills and teamwork. Measure 76 will increase these environmental education opportunities.

    Our children’s development also depends on access to natural spaces, providing them with opportunities to build the skills they need to grow and thrive. Playing and walking in nature can be as effective as medication at preparing children’s minds and getting them ready to learn.Preserving access to nature protects a child’s ability to learn, making sure they are well prepared to excel at every level of education.

    Preserving clean water, abundant wildlife, and access to parks and natural areas will ensure our children and grandchildren will enjoy the same quality of life we do today.

    At less than 2 percent of the state’s budget, this is a small price to pay for a big investment in our future.

    VOTE YES!

    Judith P. Aiken, retired professor, Bend, Oregon
    Karen Ann Schlaich, Teacher, Bend, Or
    April Ann Fong, Biology and Environmental Studies Instructor, Portland, Oregon
    R. George Jeffcot, Retired Teacher (District 4-J), Eugene, Oregon
    William Buskirk, Retired Teacher, Eugene, Oregon
    Patricia (Pem) Winquist, M.A. Education, Preschool Owner/Teacher, Retired
    John Winquist Ph.D. Community College Faculty, Retired
    Richard H. Waring, Retired University Professor, Corvallis, Oregon
    Marilyn M. Harlin, Marine Botanist, Professor Emerita, University of Rhode Island
    Allen Heide, Teacher, Springfield, Oregon
    Tracy Rattelman, Teacher

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Protect Oregon’s natural legacy for future generations

    Vote Yes on Measure 76

    Oregonians have long been committed to preserving what makes our state unique—our parks, our rivers, lakes and coastline, our iconic salmon.

    Measure 76 ensures that we continue to protect what makes us proud to be Oregonians. This measure continues funding originally approved by voters in 1998 for Oregon’s parks and habitat around the state. This funding comes from a small allotment of lottery funds that will soon be expiring.

    Measure 76 helps ensure that Oregon families have clean water to drink, fish in and play in.

    Measure 76 funds 241 state parks around Oregon, where thousands of Oregon families relax, fish and connect with nature each year. Our parks are also a draw for Oregon’s robust tourism industry and provide local jobs for working Oregonians.

    Measure 76 protects lands along Oregon’s coastline, preventing pollution from tainting our coastal waters.

    Measure 76 supports habitat for salmon and other fish, funding state programs that build fish ladders and install fish screens to make sure Oregon’s diverse fish populations thrive.

    In 1998, Oregon’s parks were in dire straits, barely maintained, with many facing closure. But Oregon voters turned the tide, and today we have a healthy, diverse network of parks that provide recreation and habitat for future generations. We don’t want to lose that.

    Because all we love our beautiful state, we are asking you to join us in voting YES on Measure 76.

    Oregon League of Conservation Voters

    The Trust For Public Land

    Sierra Club

    Environment Oregon

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    VOTE YES ON MEASURE 76: PEACE OF MIND FOR OUR COMMUNITY; PROTECTION FOR OUR CHILDREN

    As a life-long law enforcement official, I know that providing Oregon’s children with safe and enjoyable places to play is instrumental in achieving the quality of life we all strive for. That’s why I enthusiastically support Measure 76.

    Measure 76 renews the funding that supports the Oregon State Police’s Fish and Wildlife Division. In addition to the protection of people and property, this vital division works to prevent poaching, enforce fishing and hunting license requirements and deter those who may be inclined to violate natural resource laws.

    Beyond this important funding for our state police, it’s clear that money invested into parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities results in less money spent on incarcerating convicted kids. Measure 76 provides for safe and healthy alternatives for ALL of our children- whether it be biking on safe, clean trails or playing sports on a new field - in EVERY corner of the state.

    And not only will greater access to parks, playground and recreational facilities keep more of our children out of trouble, Measure 76 promotes active living by making healthy activities available to everyone throughout Oregon. Parks and trail connections allowing our children to get out of the car and on their feet. Fields and facilities serve multiple sports.

    And with money from Measure 76 being used to improve safety across Oregon, you can breathe easier when your children want to go fish, swim or play baseball, knowing that the rivers and park facilities, trails and fields are safe and secure.

    That’s why it is vital that you vote YES on Measure 76.

    Safety. Health. Peace of mind.

    VOTE YES ON MEASURE 76!

    Ris Bradshaw, Clackamas County Sheriff - retired

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Yes on Measure 76 for: Healthy watersheds, vibrant communities and strong local economies

    In Oregon, we’re known for doing things differently. We have a unique way of solving our problems at the local level - by including everyone in that conversation and effort. Led by citizen volunteers and local groups, every year Oregonians work together on hundreds of projects to protect our streams and rivers, to build community and to strengthen our local economies.

    Measure 76 is fundamental to this work. This measure will continue to provide grants to local organizations and landowners across the state. So far over 4,800 projects have restored thousands of miles of streams and protected more than a half million acres of habitat while allowing private landowners to continue making a living from their land. This work also employs hundreds of local businesses, creating jobs supporting our communities.

    This work must continue. Every lake, river and stream is part of a larger natural system. Water flows from ridgetop to riverbed and nourishes our forests, farms and rangelands while also supporting native fish and wildlife. Between 1999 and 2008, Oregonians have worked together to restore fish populations and range in more than 3,000 miles of streams. Over a half million acres of habitat have been protected. But there are still thousands more miles of streams and rivers, grasslands and forests to restore.

    Vote yes on Measure 76 and work with us to continue the restoration of Oregon’s natural resources.

    Vote Yes on Measure 76.

    Support the Watersheds of all Oregonians.

    Tom O’Brien, Executive Director
    Network of Oregon Watershed Councils

    Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
    Ecola Creek Watershed Council
    Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program
    Calapooia Watershed Council
    Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council
    Long Tom Watershed Council
    Lower Rogue Watershed Council
    Tualatin River Watershed Council
    Tillamook Bay Watershed Council
    North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council
    Lower Nehalem Watershed Council
    Harney County Watershed Council
    Greater Yamhill Watershed Council
    The Coquille Watershed Association
    Klamath Watershed Partnership

    (This information furnished by Tom O’Brien, Executive Director, Network of Oregon Watershed Councils.)


    Argument in Favor

    A YES VOTE ON MEASURE 76
    MEANS MORE MONEY FOR OREGON

    As a member of your Congressional delegation, I know the advantage of bringing federal matching funds back home to help us all through tough times. In fact, it’s part of my job.

    Measure 76 helps to put Oregon at the top of the list for matching funds for things like clean water protection, job creation, and preservation of our natural treasures. By continuing the existing 15% lottery allocation for these priorities, I can more easily help Oregonians in every community get vital services and plan for the future. Without this program in the future, federal money that is rightly ours will go to other states.

    Vote YES on Measure 76 and allow me to use a little of Oregon’s hard-earned dollars to bring even more federal dollars back home.

    Congressman David Wu

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Support Our PARKS and TRAILS
    Support Measure 76

    Oregon’s system of local parks and recreation districts has a scope and vitality most cities can only dream of. The natural spaces, gardens, forests, swimming pools and playing fields are truly our communities’ backyard.

    Neighborhoods affectionately borrow their names from the parks they adjoin. Kids of all ages enjoy and depend on our parks for ball games and swimming, family picnics and nature walks. Our parks are part of our identity.

    Oregon’s network of local parks works. We use them. Cherish them. They teach us. Bring us together. Draw new business and national acclaim through the quality of life they provide. That wasn’t always so. Just 10 years ago, our parks systems were in crisis with trails and facilities on the verge of closure. Since passage of the original measure in 1998, we have turned a corner. Trails have been restored, facilities rebuilt. But there is still much work to do.

    While Oregon was largely wilderness, good people set aside green spaces to enjoy in perpetuity, now is our chance to continue their legacy. With hundreds of local projects across the region, Measure 76 is a wise investment – protecting natural areas, rivers, and parkland for our enjoyment for generations to come.

    Pass on our legacy of parks and recreation to our
    kids and grandkids.
    Vote YES on Measure 76!

    Amanda Rich, Executive Director, Oregon Recreation & Park Association
    Allan Wells, President
    Justin Patterson, Past President
    Ann Satterfield, Incoming President
    Rochelle Parsch, Treasurer
    Jan Wirtz, Secretary
    Sharon Bogdanovic, Director at Large
    Jim Row, Director at Large
    Ivan Anderholm, Director at Large
    Kathy Daly, Director at Large
    Debbie Wadleigh, Aquatics Section President
    Jake Risley, Maintenance & Construction Section President
    Julie Reilly, Natural Resources Section President
    Leslie Mundt, Recreational Sports Section President
    Ivan Mangum, Section for Programming Interests President
    Aimee Goglia, Outdoor Recreation Section President
    Don Horton, Legislative Chair
    Bruce Ronning, Bend
    Justin D. Cutler, La Pine
    Brian Sjothun, Medford

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Locally-Owned Businesses Support Measure 76

    As business owners who work all across Oregon we urge you to join us in voting YES on Measure 76.

    We know that protecting our clean water, natural areas and fish and wildlife habitat is essential to maintaining a healthy local economy and attracting and retaining a quality workforce. Thousands of tourists and travelers come to Oregon every year to visit our natural treasures. Hundreds of locally-owned businesses like ours depend on our conservation economy.

    And we understand that in order to attract and retain our workforce, it’s vital that our neighborhoods offer amenities that allow our employees and their families ways to relax and blow off steam after a long workday.

    Measure 76 will protect access to recreation by creating youth athletic fields in local parks across the state, by maintaining trails and state historic sites for every family to enjoy, by improving existing parks and by creating new ones.

    We believe that Measure 76, which represents about 1% of Oregon’s budget, will go a long way in helping us attract and retain a strong, vibrant workforce and keep that workforce working for a long time to come.

    Please join us in VOTING YES on Measure 76.

    Valerie Ryan
    Cannon Beach Book Company

    Stephen McCarthy, owner
    Clear Creek Distillery
    Portland, Oregon

    Member-owned Forest Park Federal Credit Union
    Portland Oregon

    Backyard Bird Shop

    The Ashland Fly Shop, Ashland Oregon

    Northwest Nature Shop

    Green Drop Garage

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    SEIU Local 503 Urges YES ON 76

    Our members are the front-line workers who preserve state parks and water quality. We see first hand every day both the natural beauty our state possesses and the threats that our environment faces.

    That is why we say, “VOTE YES on Measure 76.”

    Measure 76 continues to support effective existing programs without raising taxes one dime. 70% of the backlog of repairs to our crumbling state parks have been eliminated.

    Measure 76 will allow us to preserve what is special for Oregon -- now and for our children and grandchildren.

    Rebuilding Oregon’s infrastructure is an important investment for jobs and for the environment. Measure 76 is a step in the right direction to preserve taxpayers’ investment in our parks and water resources.

    SEIU Local 503 urges you to VOTE YES on 76.

    (This information furnished by Arthur Towers, Service Employees International Union, Local 503 (SEIU, Local 503).)


    Argument in Favor

    OUR WILDLIFE IS OUR WAY OF LIFE

    Protect Wildlife Habitat and Hunting Access, Vote Yes on 76

    Oregon is home to abundant huntable wildlife. Big game, waterfowl and upland birds thrive in habitats from coastal forest to grass prairie. Generations of Oregonians have lived and hunted our unique natural resources.

    PREVENT POACHING

    Voting Yes on Measure 76 continues Oregon’s only dedicated fund for protecting our huntable wildlife and preventing dangerous poaching.

    The Oregon Hunter’s Association works with the Oregon State Police to ensure that present and future generations can safely experience Oregon’s amazing hunting opportunities. Through our efforts and cooperation with the State Police, poaching in Oregon is taking a good punch. But in order for this work to continue, we must support our Oregon State Police. Measure 76 preserves our support for the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, protecting huntable wildlife and hunters alike.

    Poachers rob us of wildlife, and we are working hard to reduce these crimes. Punishment is more severe now than it ever has been. But without the Oregon State Police on the scene to enforce the law, this progress will be lost. Voting Yes on Measure 76 directly supports the Oregon State Police’s antipoaching enforcement.

    PROTECT WILDLIFE

    Working closely with law enforcement, private landowners and local organizations, Oregon has worked to protect the range and habitat in which our wildlife thrive and generations of Oregonians have hunted. Measure 76 will help to preserve huntable wildlife such as wild turkey, bighorn sheep, and Columbian whitetail deer by continuing this effort. Voting Yes on Measure 76 renews Oregon’s dedication to wildlife habitat.

    The Oregon Hunter’s Association Urges You to Vote Yes on 76 to protect our huntable wildlife and keep our hunters safe for generations to come.

    Oregon Hunter’s Association

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    FOR BETTER HEALTH…SUPPORT MEASURE 76.

    Physical inactivity and poor diet are responsible for almost 400,000 deaths annually from heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. The latest Trust for America’s Health report on obesity found obesity rates are rising in 37 states. In Oregon, the state’s adult obesity rate has now reached 25%. Physical inactivity is a major cause of rising obesity. According to Centers for Disease Control, the annual estimated direct medical cost of physical inactivity in 2000 was $76.6 billion. In 2003, Oregonians paid more than $781 million in obesity related medical costs.

    Measure 76 will help reduce the health risks and costs associated with obesity by promoting active living through improved access to parks, athletic fields and trails. By improving neighborhood and state parks, athletic fields, and trails throughout Oregon - from Stubb Stewart State Park near Portland to the 32nd St. Community Sports Park in Springfield -Measure 76 creates new opportunities for exercise and a healthier lifestyle while improving our communities.

    Measure 76 will also help the development of Oregon’s children by providing them with opportunities to build the skills they need to grow and thrive, both physically and mentally. According to a study by the University of Illinois, walking through nature can be as effective as ADHD medication at calming children’s minds and preparing them to learn. Preserving access to nature protects a child’s ability to learn.

    And by protecting natural areas, rivers and and streams, Measure 76 helps secure for future generations the clean air and water essential for good health.

    Please vote YES on Measure 76.

    Kimberly Leaman Rodriguez
    Certified Medical Assistant

    Janet L. Roberts, MD

    Jill Archer, MSW

    Mary Mann, Owner
    Mary Mann Independent Provider

    Edgar E. Clark, MD (retired)

    Malgosia Z. Cegielski
    Licensed Psychologist

    Thomas Joseph Doherty, Psy.D.
    Clinical Psychologist

    Judy A Ellis, Registered Nurse

    Elizabeth Barbieri, MD

    Katie E. Hoffman, Medical Assistant
    Oregon Reproductive Medicine

    Jenevieve Arnested, Reproductive Medicine RN

    Roxanne Buckmaster
    IVF Coordinator, RN

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    A VOTE FOR MEASURE 76 IS A VOTE FOR THE THINGS THAT MAKE OUR STATE A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE. OUR CHILDREN ARE COUNTING ON IT.

    As parents, our job is a broad one- keeping our kids healthy and safe, providing an education for them, allowing them to play and grow in safe and educational environments.

    Measure 76 is a great measure because it incorporates ALL these elements of our job.

    • It will help to protect our water quality, keeping our children safe from polluted waters.
    • It will help connect our kids with nature by continuing to preserve and provide access to natural areas and our incredible outdoors, teaching them the true meaning of Oregon’s legacy.
    • It will provide safe ball fields and playgrounds in every community in Oregon to allow our children the enrichment and fun they need to grow.
    • It will help to educate our children by providing hands-on outdoor education, providing real-world skills both in and outside the classroom through numerous outdoor education programs.

    Measure 76 continues an incredibly successful program that’s been in place for the past 10 years. Examples of that success can be seen throughout the state, including:

    • Stewart Park playground renovation, Roseburg
    • Sports and athletic facilities, Irrigon
    • Sports fields acquisition, Veneta
    • Cullaby Lake County Park playground, Warrenton
    • 32nd St. Community Sports Park, Springfield

    A vote FOR Measure 76 is a vote for our children and a vote for us, their parents. We owe it to ourselves to leave them an even better Oregon than the one left to us, and Measure 76 does just that.

    PLEASE Vote YES on Measure 76 and ensure that our children have the resources they need to thrive.

    Randall P. Rasmussen
    Carie Fox
    Katy Connell
    Irene K. Jackson
    Kassandra L. Kelly
    Bruce Taylor
    Joshua Alpert
    Alethea L. Gallman
    Melissa J. Roy-Hart
    Charles Quinn
    Seth Truby

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Vote Yes on Measure 76 for
    Conservation of Clean, Safe Water

    Oregon’s 45 Soil and Water Conservation Districts serve communities in every county by implementing projects that enhance water quality, restore stream banks and provide support for water conservation on rural farms, private forests and urban areas. The Oregon Association of Conservation Districts represents and supports our member districts in their commitments.

    Measure 76 is vital to maintaining clean, safe water for our communities. The projects implemented by this program have restored close to 3,000 miles of streams, reducing runoff, and enhancing our natural resources.

    Measure 76 protects vital natural resources for future generations.Projects funded over the past 12 years have enhanced our water quality so we have clean, safe drinking water. This work must continue so future generations have a clean and plentiful water supply for drinking, recreation and support of our fish and wildlife while keeping soil fertile and productive to provide a local, cost effective food supply. There is still much to do - there are over 112,000 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon, many of which are water quality impaired. The longer we wait, the more it will cost.

    Measure 76 will provide jobs in our communities where they are most needed. Many rural communities work with conservation districts to implement projects funded with Measure 76 dollars. The jobs created locally by these projects are key to rural and urban communities and provide economic benefit both directly and through support of local businesses that provide supplies, equipment and other project needs. Oregon’s water is fundamental to all of the state’s industries and to our vital tourist industry. We need to continue to support a quality environment and a productive economy.

    Vote yes on Measure 76 to support a quality environment and a productive economy for our children and grandchildren.

    Jerry Nicolescu, Executive Director
    Oregon Association of Conservation Districts

    Paul D. Reed, Director
    Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District

    (This information furnished by Jerry Nicolescu, Executive Director, Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.)


    Argument in Favor

    VOTE YES FOR MEASURE 76, PRESERVE OUR PLACE FOR PEACE

    Away from the competing cacophonies of our daily lives, and surrounded by the beauty of nature, we can be truly still. Oregon’s parks, rivers, beaches and natural areas are the quiet places where we can withdraw for prayer, rest, and reflection.

    OREGON’S NATURAL SPACES ARE A PLACE TO EXPERIENCE
    our Oneness with all life. In the wilderness, we can see creation, abundance, and the profusion of life. The magnificent beauty of Oregon’s natural treasures renews our awareness of this gift; it reminds us that we are part of a wonderfully diverse and interdependent network of life on a uniquely beautiful and life-giving planet.

    OUR NATURAL SPACES PROVIDE ALL OREGONIANS WITH RESTORATION AND RENEWAL.

    VOTE YES ON MEASURE 76 TO GIVE BACK

    Like lying down by still waters, time in the wilderness restores our souls, and we are renewed and refreshed. Voting yes on Measure 76 to continue protection of our wildlife and waters, benefits both humans and non-human creation and helps preserve the fruitfulness of our land and water.

    By preserving wilderness, we act responsibly as stewards of Earth, protecting those special areas where we are reminded of our place in the circle of life. By protecting our clean waters and wildlife habitat we preserve these precious gifts for our future generations. They too will need to experience the beauties of our Oregon.

    PRESERVE, PROTECT AND PROVIDE FOR OREGON’S NATURAL TREASURES. FOR TODAY AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

    VOTE YES ON MEASURE 76.

    Rev. Gary A. Langenwalter
    United Methodist Pastor
    Dundee, Oregon

    Sister Patricia Nagle
    Earth Home Ministries

    Sister Sharon Joyer

    Satyavayu, with Touching Earth Sangha

    Rev. Katherine A. Jesch
    Community Minister
    Cascadia Earth Justice Ministries

    Jack Bodner, Way of Shambhala
    Director
    Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

    Ann Cason, Teacher
    Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    MEASURE 76 PROVIDES
    DIRECT BENEFITS TO CITIES AND COUNTIES
    ACROSS OREGON

    Former and current local elected officials unite in support of natural areas, parks and streams.

    By passing measure 76, voters will safeguard the quality of our water while maintaining Oregon’s quality of life for future generations.

    As former and current local mayors and city and county commissioners, we’ve seen firsthand how our communities have grown and changed in the last decade. And we know there’s more to come. In the next 25 years, millions more people will be living in Oregon. We’ve seen that this program works. Measure 76 helps us protect the quality of life in our communities by continuing the success of the past 12 years.

    Measure 76 directs the legislature to protect natural areas and lands near rivers and streams throughout Oregon by providing money to local communities. Local cities, counties and park providers across the state area will be able to:

    • Preserve specified natural areas, wildlife, and trail corridors;
    • Protect and restore watersheds for improved water quality; and
    • Preserve fish and wildlife habitat.

    As important as the local and regional benefits are, we support Measure 76 because it also includes strong accountability standards to ensure the money is spent as promised, including regular audits by the Secretary of State and increased reporting requirements.

    Please join us in voting YES for our communities, and YES on Measure 76.

    Craig Dirksen, Mayor, City of Tigard
    Mayor Charles C. Tomlinson
    Bruce Abernethy, former Mayor of Bend
    Gary H. Wheeler, Mayor of Medford, Oregon
    Alan Unger, Deschutes County Commissioner
    Pete Sorenson, Lane County Commissioner
    Lincoln City Mayor Lori Hollingsworth
    Faye Stewart, East Lane County Commissioner
    Nick Fish, Portland City Commissioner

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Preserve Oregon’s natural and cultural heritage.

    Vote Yes on Measure 76

    Oregon’s parks do more than preserve our natural and cultural heritage; they enrich lives, enhance learning and provide inspiration in an increasingly challenging world.

    Oregon’s state parks provide some of the best means of connecting Oregonians, young and old, to our great outdoors. Measure 76 is our opportunity to preserve our parks and surrounding lands and preserve the important role our parks play in our local economies and communities.

    Oregon’s parks are the touchstones of our shared history and culture. In some ways, they represent the soul of our state. They are our best places. Oregon’s parks and historical sites embody the spirit of our state. They are windows to our past, homes to some of our rarest plants and animal species, and places where every Oregonian can go to find inspiration, peace, and open space.

    But these living, breathing monuments to our state’s history, culture, and landscape need care and support to overcome the many dangers that threaten to destroy them forever. Measure 76 will continue the work we do every day to ensure our parks get that vital care and support.

    Measure 76 will help for generations to come. A single person, a single vote can and will make a difference in protecting Oregon’s most beautiful places.

    Vote Yes on Measure 76.

    Bennet Burns
    Board Chair
    Oregon State Parks Trust

    Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    TEN GOOD REASONS TO SUPPORT MEASURE 76:

    1. Protect our public ocean beaches and beach access.

    2. Restore Oregon’s streams and rivers.

    3. Repair, improve and acquire park facilities.

    4. Preserve Oregon’s scenic and historic places.

    5. Maintain hiking, biking and horseback trails.

    6. Access for fishing, boating, canoeing and swimming.

    7. Protect fish and wildlife habitat.

    8. Affordable camping sites and picnic areas.

    9. Clean streams.

    10. No new spending or cuts to other services.

    Oregon is in a time of challenges and opportunities. But even in today’s economy, we can improve our parks, protect our waters, preserve our natural areas and secure a legacy for the future by voting Yes on Measure 76.

    HELP SAVE THE BEST OF OREGON FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS PLEASE VOTE YES ON MEASURE 76

    Brian Booth, first State Parks Commission Chair
    Gwyneth Gamble Booth, community activist

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    MEASURE 76 PRESERVES FISH AND WILDLIFE HABITAT

    Oregon’s diverse and beautiful landscape provides a home for an incredible diversity of fish and wildlife. From the old-growth forests of the Cascade Mountains to the lakes and wetlands of the Klamath Basin, thousands of species depend on our natural areas and water to rest, feed, and raise their young.

    Clean water and natural spaces are critical for protecting Oregon’s fish, wildlife and the humans that depends on them. By voting YES on Measure 76 we will continue a unique program that benefits wildlife across the state – from elk to salmon, bald eagle to black bear - preserving the health of Oregon’s rich biological heritage.

    Measure 76 continues the work we are doing to protect Oregon’s rivers and the major creeks and streams that feed them - including key spawning grounds for salmon and other fish. Measure 76 also helps to protect important wildlife corridors, connecting parks and natural areas across the state.

    We all have a duty to be good stewards of our fish, wildlife and water. By voting Yes on Measure 76, we help to protect and restore Oregon’s natural heritage to ensure that our great grandchildren will have the chance to fish for wild salmon in rivers like the Clackamas and Rogue, and to see bald eagles soar over Upper Klamath Lake.

    Protect Oregon’s rivers, streams, beaches and wild lands; protect fish and wildlife habitat for salmon, elk and bald eagles.

    Join us in voting YES for Measure 76!

    Pacific Rainforest Wildlife Guardians

    Thomas J. Dwyer, Director Conservation Programs
    Ducks Unlimited, Inc. – Oregon Chapters

    Kathleen Cody, Executive Director
    Salem Audubon Society

    Sara Vickerman, Defenders of Wildlife

    Rogue Valley Audubon Society

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Support Measure 76, Support Oregon’s Beaches

    For All Oregonians and For Generations to Come

    Oregon beaches are unique coastal environments with ecological, recreational and economic value. Our coast is a public resource and, in Oregon, it belongs to all of us. All 362 miles of our Oregon beaches are maintained and protected by the Oregon Parks system.

    Responsible coastal management requires sustainable, long term planning and preservation of beach environments including public access to them.This is why we enthusiastically support Measure 76. By joining us and voting Yes on this critical measure, we directly support the beaches where we surf, fly a kite or simply spend time with our families.

    Further, by voting Yes we directly support a coastal economy that depends on clean, healthy and safe beaches. Oregon’s oceans and coasts are priceless assets. Indispensable to life itself, they also contribute significantly to our prosperity and overall quality of life.

    Our beaches depend not only on preserving our coasts, but on the quality of the water that feeds into our ocean. Oregon’s beaches, marshes, estuaries and the ocean depend on clean water. By voting Yes on Measure 76, we continue the work of protecting Oregon’s streams, rivers and estuaries, providing us all with a pristine Oregon coast for generations to come.

    Join Us to Protect Oregon’s Beaches - Vote Yes on Measure 76

    Surfrider Foundation Oregon Chapters

    Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition

    Westwind Stewardship Group

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Our children. Our families. Our friends. And our neighbors. They all have one thing in common - a desire to live active, healthy lives. That’s one reason why we choose to live In Oregon.

    Now Oregon needs our help to ensure that all Oregonians have access to safe, healthy places for recreation. Experts agree that physical activity is one of the cornerstones for good health, and walking is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to be physically active. All you need is a good pair of shoes, and you can do it almost anywhere and at any time

    As walking and trails supporters, we are interested in not only having serene places to walk, hike and bike through, but safe parks, trails and connectors that keep us and our children healthy and active.

    Measure 76 will provide for maintenance work for all 500 miles of trails that run through our state parks, as well as continue to protect our 362 miles of ocean shore. Grants to local parks districts go directly to restoring trails and connectors in every corner of the state.

    From Stubb Stewart to the Klamath Trail, and from the Warrenton Waterfront Trail to Pioneer Park in Corvallis, Measure 76 will allow Oregonians to achieve the goal of living active, healthy lives.

    Safety. Accessibility. Good health and active living. That’s what Measure 76 means to us, and that’s why we support it. We urge you to join us in supporting Measure 76.

    Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (WPC)

    National Coast Trail Association
    Portland, OR

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    As a Former Auditor, I Urge Your YES Vote on Measure 76

    Measure 76 Requires
    Tough New Accountability Provisions
    to Protect Taxpayers

    As a retired auditor, it was my job to ensure that public money is spent responsibly and accountably. I understand how important it is to citizens and taxpayers that their money is spent wisely and as promised.

    That’s why I enthusiastically support the strong accountability measures contained within Measure 76.

    Measure 76 improves on existing requirements by strengthening the auditing and reporting requirements. Measure 76 requires:

    • Regular audits by the Secretary of State of any agency that receives money from the measure.
    • Biennial performance reports that detail the measurable and cumulative impacts and successes of water, parks, and wildlife preservation projects.
    • That the money dedicated by the measure will be spent according to a specific, detailed plan to preserve clean water and natural areas. In addition to the plan outlined in the ballot measure’s Explanatory Statement, voters can see the areas targeted for protection atwww.healthywatersheds.org.

    Measure 76 ensures our tax dollars will be spent as promised – to help protect and preserve natural areas, clean water and our unique quality of life.

    It deserves your support.

    Jewel Lansing, Retired City of Portland and
    Multnomah County Auditor

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Ranchers and Farmers Urge a Yes on 76

    Oregon’s farmers and ranchers work every day to provide safe, abundant and affordable food while safeguarding habitat for wildlife and maintaining clean water in our streams.

    Measure 76 helps farmers and ranchers create these dual benefits.
    Funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board has helped farmers and ranchers across Oregon invest in:

    • Fencing to protect streamside vegetation,
    • Protecting native habitat for future generations,
    • Planting native vegetation to reduce erosion and cool water temperatures, and
    • Improving irrigation systems to keep more water in our streams.

    Abundant, affordable and quality food and healthy native habitats define a quality of life important to all Oregonians. Please Join Oregon’s farmers and ranchers in voting Yes on Measure 76

    Ward’s Home Ranch Herefords

    Kurt Thomas, Agency Ranch
    Fort Klamath, OR

    Charlie Boyer

    Ken Bailey, Vice President
    Orchard View Farms, Inc.

    Craig & Liza Jane Nichols, Owner/Operators
    6 Ranch
    Enterprise, OR

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Vote Yes on Measure 76
    Keep Oregon Working
    Keep Oregon Great

    While we all cherish our state, Oregon can always improve. Particularly now, when our unemployment level ranks among the highest in the country. The good news is that Measure 76 is a way to both provide thousands of family-supporting jobs AND make needed improvements. Parks, waterways, irrigation systems and water systems - in order to work, they need work done right now.

    Not only will Measure 76 keep Oregonians working and create new family-supporting jobs, but it will make Oregon stronger, allowing us to grow our economy. Now, when we need it most. Jobs that improve Oregon by cleaning our rivers and streams. Jobs that provide quality service to tourists and travelers who not only visit our thriving landmarks and beautiful landscapes, but to tourists and travelers who stimulate our economy by eating in our restaurants and sleeping in our hotels.

    We all know that there is much work to do. We went too long as a state without basic maintenance for our natural treasures, let alone new investment. Our drinking water should be clean and safe. Our state parks accessible, affordable and available to all working families, as well as to the thousands of people who visit Oregon every year.

    By voting Yes on Measure 76 we can continue the work we are doing to protect our vital resources and natural attractions, and continue to provide good, family-supporting jobs for thousands of workers across the state.

    It’s time to create jobs. It’s time to build Oregon.

    Vote Yes on Measure 76

    Lon Holston
    Field Representative
    Laborers’ Local 483

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    MEASURE 76 HELPS BUILD
    HEALTHY RURAL ECONOMIES
    AND VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

    Measure 76 invests in the quality of life in rural and urban communities across Oregon. As advocates for creating and maintaining vibrant communities, we support dedicating state dollars toward projects that create rural jobs while helping counties, cities, towns achieve their plans for better communities.

    A vote in favor of dedicated funding for clean water, parks, and open spaces is an investment that benefits the entire state through:

    • Restoration projects that have employed as many as 2500 farmers, ranchers, construction workers, and local businesses.
    • Park projects that help cities and towns provide recreation opportunities, access to nature, and green spaces for their residents.
    • Fencing and streamside tree planting projects that help farms and ranches protect clean water.

    Measure 76 will connect urban and rural communities, providing funds for protection of farm and forest lands that are vital to the economy, while investing in values that we all share.

    Please join us in voting YES for our communities, and YES on Measure 76.

    1000 Friends of Oregon

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Clean Rivers, Healthy Fish and Great Fishing

    A Vote for Measure 76 is a Vote for Oregon’s Way of Life.

    As anglers dedicated to enhancing and protecting fish and their habitats for today and for the future, we know that clean waters and healthy habitats are fundamental not just for fish, but for all Oregonians.

    Measure 76 will help protect the habitat which, for fish, wildlife and humankind alike not only includes water but surrounding natural areas reaching up into the forests, the soils that provide the aquifers, and to the air we breath. These funds will work to improve our water quality at the source – replanting native vegetation, restoring streams and rivers, and protecting the headwaters where our fish and our waters begin.

    Measure 76 will help preserve a way of life we can share with our children and grandchildren. Now more than ever, kids need to be inspired to get outside and discover the fascinating life in and around the rivers that sustain them. Responsible and enjoyable sport angling for future generations relies on good access to healthy, abundant and sustainable fisheries today in Oregon’s healthy rivers and streams.

    People who feel a connection to fish want to protect them. Protecting Oregon’s fish means protecting our rivers, our land and our way of life, for now and for generations to come.

    Vote Yes for Measure 76
    Preserve Oregon’s Fish and Our Waters for Generations to Come

    Oregon Council, Trout Unlimited

    Norm Ritchie, Government Affairs Director
    Association of Northwest Steelheaders

    Rogue Flyfishers

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Do A Good Turn for Oregon’s Parks

    As an Oregonian, and as a State Senator, I have the privilege of adding my voice to the issues impacting the future of our state. Measure 76 is a chance for all Oregonians to leave a legacy of public parks for generations to come.

    Measure 76 represents the best of Oregon

    As Oregonians, we believe in protecting natural places. We believe local know-how is best. Measure 76 keeps Oregon’s government focused on preservation of our parks, protecting our water, and our salmon and steelhead. Measure 76 projects are local, employ Oregonians, and preserve our irreplaceable public places.

    Measure 76 represents all of us

    Public parks, returning fish, and Oregon’s quality of life is not partisan, its who we are. The success we’ve had to date has brought Oregonians together, not torn us apart. We’ve protected rivers, restored historic parks unique to the Oregon story, and created Oregon’s newest state park, the Capitol Mall. The best part of our success is simple: these places are open to everyone. Politicians come and go, majorities in office change, but the natural legacy of Measure 76 will live on.

    Please join our family and vote YES on Measure 76. Ten years from now, we’ll all look back and be proud.

    Jason A. Atkinson, State Senator, (R) District 2

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    THE NATURE CONSERVANCY RECOMMENDS
    VOTE YES ON 76

    Oregonians care deeply about our state’s quality of life. We take responsibility for our clean water, healthy fish and wildlife habitats, and safe and available parks, beaches and natural areas. That’s what Measure 76 is all about.

    By voting YES on 76, you will:

    • Help ensure clean, abundant drinking water for Oregon families and healthy habitats for fish and wildlife.
    • Create thousands of family-supporting jobs in conservation, construction and tourism.
    • Preserve Oregon’s special places for generations to come.

    Twelve years ago, Oregon had a problem. Streams were polluted and salmon and other wildlife were in trouble. Our storied state parks were decaying. Oregonians said, “enough is enough.” Civic leaders across Oregon crafted a ballot measure creating a dedicated lottery fund for water, parks and wildlife, and voters approved it overwhelmingly.

    As a result, today thousands of Oregonians are at work protecting and restoring streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. Ranchers, businesses and property owners in every county are improving habitats on their land. There’s much more work to do, but thanks to the dedicated fund, Oregonians are rolling up their sleeves, not wringing their hands.

    Measure 76 preserves that proud legacy. It continues Oregon’s dedicated fund which will otherwise expire. It renews our commitment to future generations, without raising taxes or cutting any other programs.

    We’re incredibly fortunate to live, work and play in a state so richly endowed with stunning landscapes. We’re privileged to work in partnership with Oregonians from all walks of life who care deeply about their rivers, streams, wetlands, ocean, forests and other special places.

    Please join us in voting YES on 76. You will be secure in the knowledge you’re helping protect what is special about Oregon, now and for your children and grandchildren.

    Russell Hoeflich, Oregon Director, The Nature Conservancy
    Robert S. Ball, Chair, Oregon Board of Trustees

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Oregon Businesses Support Measure 76

    As Oregon business owners, we support Measure 76 and encourage you to join us. Here’s why we’re voting YES!

    Clean water, abundant natural areas and habitat for fish and wildlife contribute to a healthy economy in many ways throughout Oregon. We depend on water as individuals and as businesses. The quality of Oregon’s water is renown. We can keep it that way by voting yes on Measure 76.

    People love Oregon for its natural beauty. Every year, thousands of tourists visit our state to enjoy its natural treasures. Hundreds of locally owned businesses depend on this infusion of cash into our economy. Because people want to have easy access to areas of natural beauty, it helps us attract and retain a highly qualified work force.

    Measure 76 also creates new youth athletic fields in local communities across the state, maintains trails and historic sites, and improves existing parks. Through this measure, we ensure future generations have access to the best of Oregon.

    Measure 76 also provides accountability by including tough reporting and auditing provisions, ensuring that the money is spent as promised.

    Measure 76 represents less than 1.5 percent of Oregon’s budget. It’s an investment that will provide the best of Oregon for us. as well as for visitors and for future generations.

    Do it for Oregon.
    Do it for your children’s children.
    Do it for yourself.
    Vote YES on Measure 76.

    John D. Miller, President
    Mahonia Vineyards and Nursery
    Salem, Oregon

    Aaron Schwindt, Owner
    Living Earth Investments
    Portland, Oregon

    Liz Cawood, Owner
    CAWOOD
    Eugene, Oregon

    Bing Sheldon, Chairman
    SERA Architects
    Portland, OR

    Bill Dickey, Owner
    Witham & Dickey Inc.

    Terminal Gravity Brewing, Inc

    Wendy J. Cook, Owner
    Wendy J. Cook
    Communications, LLC
    Eugene, Oregon

    The Other Firm
    Portland, OR

    Prichard Communications

    Michael Coe, President
    Cedar Lake Research Group LLC

    Liz Tilbury, Owner
    Tilbury Ferguson Investment
    Real Estate, Inc.
    Portland, OR

    Access Bend Concierge

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Protect the Beauty of Oregon

    Preserve our Natural Heritage for Generations to Come

    Vote Yes on Measure 76

    Oregon is blessed with a scenic beauty and variety unmatched on this continent. It’s a one-of-a-kind place, where the Pacific surge washes the western edge of our continent, the Columbia River winds through miles of waterfalls and rugged cliffs, and the mountains soar above oak savannah and grass prairie. No other state has been favored with so many natural glories as is the State of Oregon. This heritage must be protected.

    That is why it is essential to vote Yes on Measure 76. Measure 76 represents the most important opportunity in a decade to protect our natural treasures and wildlife habitats and safeguard the clean water that runs throughout Oregon. It will also ensure that more of our children live in neighborhoods with access to parks and natural areas.

    Measure 76 supports all of the things we have been striving for as a state: the development of tourist travel, the need to make our state more livable, the desire to provide our children with the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors surrounded by Oregon’s natural treasures. All of these goals depend on your Yes vote.

    Past generations demonstrated tremendous foresight in purchasing and protecting many of the outstanding parks and natural areas we enjoy and benefit from today. Let’s continue that legacy for future generations by protecting Oregon’s clean water and most beautiful places!

    Please join us in voting Yes on Measure 76.

    Friends of the Columbia Gorge

    Oregon Natural Desert Association

    Frank Callahan, President
    Siskiyou Chapter, Native Plant Society of Oregon

    Ted Gahr, Owner,
    Gahr Farm

    David Cohen, Executive Director
    Friends of Tryon Creek State Park
    Portland, Oregon

    Marilyn Harlin
    Co-ordinator, Friends of Laurelhurst Park

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Oregon Legislators say: Measure 76 deserves the support of voters.

    Twelve years ago, Oregon was about to close 65 state parks for lack of funding. Park facilities were in disrepair and becoming unsafe. Thirty thousand miles of rivers and streams were listed in poor condition and getting worse. Our salmon runs were crashing.

    Then, in 1998 voters dedicated 15 percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds to parks, streams and natural areas. As a result, our parks today are in good shape and offering affordable vacations to Oregon families. We are catching up in repairs and maintenance. Local parks, too, have benefited. Thousands of Oregonians are at work protecting and restoring our streams, rivers, wetlands and critical habitats. Watershed councils and organizations in every county enlist volunteers to help and contract with small businesses to do work.

    If we let this funding lapse, we would risk a quick return to 1998 -- and the future costs of fixing the problems would grow astronomically. That’s where Measure 76 comes in. Your vote is needed to continue this vital funding.

    Yes on 76 meets basic, urgent needs of Oregonians: protecting our clean water, providing thousands of family-supporting jobs in conservation, construction and tourism, and preserving Oregon’s special places -- now and for future generations. It deserves your strong support.

    Please join us in voting Yes on Measure 76.

    Dr. Alan Bates, State Senator (SD3)

    Representative Michael E. Dembrow, HD45

    Jefferson Smith

    Ben Cannon, State Representative

    Representative Jules Bailey

    Senator Jackie Dingfelder

    State Rep. Mary Nolan (West Portland)

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County joins others who support business, tourism and practical conservation of resources throughout Oregon in support of Measure 76.

    We know that protecting our clean water, natural areas and fish and wildlife habitat is essential to maintaining a healthy local economy and tourism base, and attracting and retaining a quality workforce. Thousands of tourists and travelers come to Oregon every year to visit our natural treasures, which need consistent funding to continue to be attractive to both visitors and residents. Hundreds of locally-owned businesses depend on intelligent conservation efforts that will keep our state a prime vacation destination. We understand that in order to attract and retain our workforce that it’s vital that our neighborhoods offer amenities for workers and their families.

    Measure 76 builds on a historic accomplishment. Twelve years ago, our state was on the verge of closing 65 state parks, which were poorly maintained due to lack of funding. More than twenty five thousand miles of rivers and streams were listed in poor condition and getting worse, and so were our salmon runs—key to the economic survival to certain regions.

    In 1998 voters dedicated 15 percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds to parks, streams and natural areas. As a result, our parks today are in good shape, offering affordable vacations to Oregon families and tourists. Measure 76 will help Oregon continue this success story.

    Measure 76, which represents less than 1.5% of Oregon’s budget, will protect access to recreation by creating youth athletic fields in local parks, help maintain trails and state historic sites for every family to enjoy, and improve existing parks.

    Though The Chamber has concerns about earmarking funds in light of the state’s severe budgetary shortfall, we also know that protecting and maintaining our state parks requires support as well. We have confidence that the 17-member panel continued by this measure will provide effective oversight of valuable expenditures.

    The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    A LEGACY FOR OUR GRANDCHILDREN

    As grandparents, we often worry about the kind of Oregon that our grandchildren will inherit. Measure 76 will allow our grandkids to grow up in the kind of Oregon that we grew up in – full of beauty and healthy communities.

    Every day we see more and more people moving in to the neighborhood, and we try to be good neighbors. But we can’t help but think that with all of these new people, we are not going to have any more places for our grandchildren to explore and play.

    Measure 76 solves that problem by protecting Oregon’s water and land not just for our grandchildren, but for ALL Oregonians. Not only that, but Measure 76 will maintain parks and trails, allowing families to spend more time together hiking, biking, and enjoying the things that have made Oregon special to us. And Measure 76 will result in a healthier environment for us, our families, and future generations by protecting and improving our rivers and streams.

    As the cost of nearly everything keeps going up, we are faced with tough choices. But because Measure 76 doesn’t cost us anything, we don’t have to choose between being responsible grandparents and cutting back on other necessities.

    Please join us in voting YES on Measure 76. Let’s give our kids and grandkids the Oregon that we grew up in; an Oregon that we can ALL be proud of.

    Irwin Hurley

    Gaylene Hurley

    Donna S. Richards

    Walt Mintkeski

    Jerome G. Arnold

    Nancy Nichols

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Protect Our Land and Water

    Continue The Most Successful Conservation
    Program in Oregon History

    Vote Yes on Measure 76

    Water is essential to every living thing. The water we drink, grow our food with, and play in must be safe and clean in order for our families and communities to thrive.

    From the coast to the prairie to the painted hills, Measure 76 shields water at its source - be it a lake, river, stream, or aquifer - by helping to protect the surrounding land. This measure also protects land at the ocean’s shore, protecting our coastal waters from pollution.

    The conservation movement was born of the impulse to preserve natural lands. Early park visionaries believed that lands should be set aside to protect wildlife and to conserve forests and other natural resources. They also understood that as population and cities grew, people needed places to make contact with nature. Measure 76 protects these natural places, directly supporting access to safe and affordable recreation in every corner of Oregon.

    As our population grows, and with it, land gets developed to accommodate new populations, natural lands near where most of us live are increasingly hard to find and important to protect. Measure 76 continues one of the most successful conservation programs in the history of Oregon, protecting our land and water with no new spending and without cuts to other services.

    Help safeguard our best places.

    Join us in Voting Yes on Measure 76

    Deschutes Land Trust
    Greenbelt Land Trust
    Columbia Land Trust
    Wallowa Land Trust
    Southern Oregon Land Conservancy

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Yes on Measure 76 will help Oregon meet our basic, urgent needs: protecting our clean water, providing good family-supporting jobs and preserving Oregon’s natural areas for everyone.

    This measure continues an effective existing program improving its accountability, without raising taxes or taking a dime away from other priorities.

    Please Join us in voting Yes on Measure 76*

    Margaret H. McHugh Charles Quinn
    Hilda Welch Seth Truby
    Bill Bradbury Irwin Hurley
    Michael Dennis Gaylene Hurley
    Cookie Johnson Donna S. Richards
    Lee Dayfield Walt Mintkeski
    Jan Lee Jerome G. Arnold
    William R. Blosser Nancy Nichols
    Nan Evans Margaret Parks
    Fred Nussbaum Bobby Sebastian
    Janelle Sorenson Amanda McKay
    Christine Lewis Victor Chieco
    Gary F. Oxley Eileen Chieco
    Barbara Haney Jennifer Richards
    Evyan Jarvis John Sorenson
    Amy McClaran Robin S. Sherwin
    John P. McClaran Brett Moser
    Denise Lofman Jackie Pierce
    Kimberly S. Lepre Rick Brown
    Francine Susan Storzbach Sara O’Brien
    Wes Milligan Gina LaRocco
    Charles S. Erdman Charlotte A. Rubin
    Douglas Donahue Trista Awtrey
    Michael Schindel Jen Newlin
    Stephen M. Anderson Anne W. Squier
    Chelsey Antich Jerome G. Arnold
    Heidi Greiner Paul Dayfield
    Randall P. Rasmussen John N. Morgan
    Carie Fox Steve Elliot
    Katy Connell Susan Sokol Blosser
    Irene K. Jackson Paul Sansone
    Kassandra L. Kelly Jane Stackhouse
    Bruce Taylor Jim Schlaich
    Joshua Alpert Natalie Henry Bennon
    Alethea L. Gallman  
    Melissa J. Roy-Hart  

    *partial list. Full list of endorsers available from Oregonians for Water, Parks and Wildlife

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)


    Argument in Favor

    Measure 76 – It meets our basic, urgent needs:

    • Protecting our clean water: Oregon’s rivers, lakes, streams and natural areas provide us with clean, safe water to drink, to swim in, to boat in and simply to appreciate.
    • Providing good, family-wage jobs: From park rangers to constructions workers, from fishermen off the coast to hotels overlooking our rugged coastline, Measure 76 supports good jobs.
    • Preserving Oregon’s special places: from the creek that runs through a backyard to the rushing Rogue River.

    All with no new spending, no cuts to other services, and
    without raising taxes.

    Vote Yes on Measure 76

    For our Water

    For our Economy

    For all Oregonians

    For Generations to Come

    (This information furnished by Joshua Alpert, Oregonians for Water, Parks & Wildlife, a Project of the Conservation Campaign.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722