The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) currently has eight chapters across the state of Oregon. Regional Director Ken Hand hopes to organize one more group in the Eugene/Springfield area. West of the Cascade Mountains, this region is home to black-tailed deer, which are considered a subspecies of mule deer.

A planning meeting for this new chapter, being dubbed the “Blacktail” chapter of MDF, is scheduled for Thurs., July 21, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, 5547 Main St., Springfield, Ore. Anyone interested in helping to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat is encouraged to attend.

A fledgling chapter in Pendleton, located in the northeastern corner of the state, is also seeking volunteers. Interested parties should contact Ken Hand at 541-281-2224.

The Mule Deer Foundation has a long history in the state of Oregon. Two chapters, Klamath Falls and The Dalles, have been in existence for 20 years. MDF currently has about 700 members in Oregon. Over the past several years, Oregon chapters have invested over $32,000 in on-the-ground projects, and they are on target to obligate over $10,000 this year.

Upcoming Oregon events include the Western Oregon/Eastern Idaho Chapter banquet on July 16 and The Dalles Chapter banquet on Sept. 24. Also, the Klamath Chapter, in conjunction with the Oregon Hunters Association and other groups, will be hosting a Youth Day at Bill Scholtes Klamath Sportsman’s Park in Keno, Ore., on Sat., July 30.

Become a part of the growing MDF community in Oregon. For more information or to attend an upcoming event, contact MDF Regional Director Ken Hand at 541-281-2224 or visit www.muledeer.org.

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