Jason Robison, natural resources director for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, will be the tribal representative on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
OWEB is a state agency that provides grants for taking care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. Robison will be a member until March 15, 2021.
“I view the tribal position on the board as being very valuable in furthering tribal values while simultaneously creating more awareness around tribal dedication to sustaining and protecting the region’s natural resources, economy and society,” Robison said in a statement.
For the past decade, Robison has focused on developing solutions for natural resources management issues for Native American tribes, and worked as the natural resources director for the Coquille Tribe before joining the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe.
As Robison is not a tribal member, he had to be endorsed by each of Oregon’s federally recognized tribes to become the tribal representative for OWEB.
After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fisheries and wildlife management from Oregon State University in Corvallis, he went on to gain experience in federal forest management policy development, legislative development, forest operations planning and implementation, and third party certification of tribal lands.
He has implemented environmental policy with the National Environmental Policy and Endangered Species acts.
Winner of the 2012 Intertribal Timber Council’s National Earle Wilcox Memorial Individual Achievement Award for the Northwest, Robison has also developed intergovernmental agreements between tribes, government agencies and private organizations.
Robison is also a managing partner at Northwest Resource Solutions, LLC, an environmental consulting firm in Roseburg.