For those of you following along with our saga to reduce or remove hatchery trout from the McKenzie River, and to ban bait for trout fishing on the McKenzie, I wanted to provide you with an action sheet — a checklist you can use to see where you can help.
Print this list out, keep it at your desk, and when you start to get mad that your home river isn’t being managed for wild trout, check this list and make sure you’ve done all you can.
1. Get our emails. Sign up for our Trout Unlimited email newsletter. We won’t bug you more than once a month, and it’s an easy way to stay up to date on what’s happening.
2. Take the surveys! Earlier this year we launched a survey asking people if they’d support a bait ban on the McKenzie River. We have 250 responses from people saying they’d like to see that happen, as well as detailed comments. We just launched a second survey asking people if they’d be in favor of reducing or removing hatchery trout from the McKenzie River. These surveys are important for showing ODFW public support for these changes.
3. Get your organizations on board. Local fly fishing clubs are currently debating whether or not to support efforts to protect wild McKenzie River Trout. Let your board members know where you stand. Also, talk to the other conservation organizations you belong to and see if they will help support our efforts. Every organization that can lend a hand — and a voice — will help.
4. Write to our ODFW Commissioners:
The Rae Group
333 High Street NE, Suite 202
Salem, OR 97301
Zalutsky & Klarquist, PC
215 SW Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Portland, OR 97204
Zane Smith Jr.
1243 Delrose Drive
Springfield, OR 97477-1594
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
OSU, 104 Nash Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-2910
503 N Main St.
Pendleton, OR 97801-2243
Englund Marine Supply Co, Inc.
PO Box 296
Astoria , OR 97103
PO Box 69
Echo, OR 97826
5. Send emails to ODFW officials
Jeff Ziller, South Willamette Watershed District Fish Biologist
Roy Elicker, ODFW Director
Ed Bowles, Fish Division Administrator
Charlie Corrarino, Conservation & Recovery Program Manager
Mark Chilcote, Conservation Biologist
Rhine Messmer, Recreational Fisheries Program Manager
6. Get political. We could use the support of Oregon legislators. Email your congressman, state representative, or county commissioner and get their position on this issue and make it public.
7. Do your research. We’re currently looking for economic studies from other areas and states to show how much more economic value wild fishery will bring into this area versus hatchery fish. The Deschutes, Metolius — the entire state of Montana — have experienced huge economic benefits by ditching hatchery fish.
8. Look outside the agency. We need support from non-ODFW fishery biologists on this issue. If you or someone you know is a fisheries biologist that feels strongly about McKenzie River wild trout, please speak out.
9. Get writing. Local newspapers, fishing magazines, fly fishing mags, etc. all would welcome opinion pieces on this issue.
If you have any questions or need help coordinating your effort, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for getting involved.