Thank you to the McKenzie River Native Trout Coalition supporters

Last night we nearly handed out all fifty of our signs for the McKenzie River Native Trout Coalition, an organization with the goal of reducing or removing hatchery fish from the McKenzie River. Wild fish supporters packed the room at the Springfield Infantry Readiness Center. In fact, the room overflowed with our supporters and people had to sit on the floor, and spill out the door.

ODFW 25-year planning committee meeting in Springfield

By showing up last night, you demonstrated to Rhine Messmer, recreational fisheries program manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, that the public cares about native fish and doesn’t agree with the agency’s misguided efforts to increase planting of hatchery fish on top of robust native populations in Oregon.

ODFW 25-year planning committee meeting in Springfield

ODFW 25-year planning committee meeting in Springfield

In 2007, when the McKenzie River Guides Association and our ODFW District biologists put together a bait ban proposal on the McKenzie River to protect native redsides, it was ODFW’s team in Salem that shut down that proposal because, according to Rhine, there was a major public outcry. Last night you showed the agency that there is also public support for protection of this resource.

ODFW 25-year planning committee meeting in Springfield

ODFW 25-year planning committee meeting in Springfield

When 50-people cram into a hot meeting room instead of being home with their families, ODFW can’t ignore the plight of the wild rainbow trout on the McKenzie.

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5 Responses to Thank you to the McKenzie River Native Trout Coalition supporters

  1. Joe Palanuk says:

    Good job everyone! We are gaining momentum on an issue that is long overdue! Rest assured, we are working diligently in the Portland area to help you in this important cause.

  2. Moon says:

    Thank you Jow P…..

    I believe the next committee meeting for the 25 year plan will be in Portland… maybe you guys up there can pack that room too.

    (On a side note) – Matt, please get some new film for you’re camera. That old stuff you used last night makes me look fat…

  3. Jeff Hickman says:

    Awesome work guys! This is the kind of pressure that will bring a win for everyone!!! Wish I could’ve made it down there to show support with you all.

  4. Chris Deppa says:

    It makes me so happy to see so much support for such an important issue. You guys rocked it!

  5. Karl Mueller says:

    Native Fish Advocates are to the Springfield Infantry Readyness Room as

    _______s are to the Mckenzie River.

    First one to answer correctly wins a prize. OK. Not really.

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