SALEM – Effective Jan. 1, wildlife viewers, anglers, walkers and other visitors to nine state wildlife areas – including Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area, near Dayville – must display a parking permit on their vehicle’s dashboard.

Daily permits cost $7 and annual permits are $22. They can be purchased online, at any Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office that sells licenses, or at local license sales agents. They cannot be purchased at the wildlife areas.

The permits are new for Schneider Wildlife Area and three others: Klamath Wildlife Area; Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Eugene; and White River Wildlife Area, Tygh Valley. These ODFW Wildlife Areas already require a permit: Denman Wildlife Area, Central Point; E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, Monmouth; Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, La Grande; Summer Lake Wildlife Area; and Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

Parking permits are transferable between cars, but each vehicle must have a permit while parked at the wildlife area.

A free parking permit is included with an annual Oregon hunting license; combination fishing and hunting license; Sports Pac; and Habitat Conservation Stamp. This is because operation and maintenance of ODFW wildlife areas are primarily funded by hunters through federal excise taxes on sporting arms and ammunition and hunting license fees.

Revenue from the Parking Permit Program will be used to improve habitat and infrastructure and to enhance wildlife viewing opportunities at wildlife areas.

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