Agency staff would like to “Welcome Aboard” our newest Board member, Jas Adams. Jas. fills the seat of former member, Jean Quinsey. His term on the Board began in October runs through June, 2019.
Jas. Adams is an adjunct law professor at Willamette University College of Law, where he has taught Wildlife Law since 2002. Jas. also teaches Administrative Law and will teach an advanced legal writing seminar course offered in the spring of 2016. A graduate of Reed College and Boalt Hall Law School, Jas. focused on environmental and natural resource law for much of his legal career. He retired from the Oregon Attorney General’s Office in 2014.
In the 2011 session, Jas. conceived and helped Legislative Counsel draft HB 3399, which created an administrative search model to allow mandatory roadside inspection and decontamination stations for aquatic invasive species (AIS), without criminal liability for those motorists cooperating with the check stations when transporting injurious wildlife. For this achievement he was a recipient of the Oregon Invasive Species’ Council’s award entitled the “Ten Fingers in the Dikes” award for governmental contributions to invasive species control.
As a representative of the Oregon Attorney General in 2013-2014, Jas. served as a member of a national working group to craft model state provisions to help overcome the patchwork of state and local laws on invasive species. He was a featured speaker on AIS at the June, 2014 annual meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General on Mackinac Island in Michigan.
Jas. was also involved on behalf of the Oregon State Marine Board in responding to challenges to the Marine Board’s administrative rule prohibiting internal combustion motorboats and seaplanes on Waldo Lake.
In addition to his new role on the Marine Board, Jas. also serves on the Department of Environmental Quality’s Ballast Water Task Force and is also an appointed member of the Oregon Invasive Species Council.
Boating is at the heart of how Jas. experiences the outdoors, and he has been an avid canoeist for 30 years. It all began with exploring the inland lakes on Sauvie Island (the largest freshwater island west of the Mississippi River, with its own river flowing into the Multnomah Channel). Jas. learned to sail on Lido 14’s at a University Sailing Club in his early 20’s and learned to sail larger boats on the Columbia River a few years later.
Jas. currently owns a vintage 28′ sailboat with inboard diesel engine, which he keeps on the Columbia River in a cooperative boat club, where he also serves as Clubhouse Chair. With friends he has sailed up the Washington coast, in the San Juan and Gulf Islands, on the eastern seaboard and in the Bahamas. He has sailed his sailboat from Astoria to Hood River and he recounts that he greatly values the tremendous recreational resource of the mighty Columbia River.
Jas. and his wife, Diane Rosenbaum, canoe in his 16.5′ lightweight Malecite canoe, modeled after a birch-bark tribal design. They have canoed on many lakes throughout Oregon, including Waldo Lake, and also extensively in British Columbia and Washington, including the Bowron Lake Chain. Jas. joined colleagues on a recent trip to Montana’s Missouri Breaks, mentioned in Meriwether Lewis’s journal written on the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Jas. has also rafted on the lower Owyhee River and the Deschutes and Rogue Rivers.
Jas. notes that his primary objective in serving on the Marine Board is to help it make sound policy decisions that impact the future of recreational boating in Oregon. We’re very excited to have Jas on the Board for all of his knowledge and experience, in addition to the perspectives he will bring forward representing boaters in the state.
Marine Board members are confirmed by the Senate, appointed by the Governor and serve four year terms. The Board members serve at the pleasure of the Governor and the agency Director reports directly to the Marine Board. All members are volunteers (non-paid positions) from the general public with a background in Oregon boating.