Category Archives: Oregon Conservation News

Take Action today: Tell WDFW to Designate Skagit as a Wild Steelhead Gene Bank

From the Native Fish Society: In 2008, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) committed to identify wild stock gene banks (WSGB) in Puget Sound to protect threatened wild steelhead from hatchery steelhead. In summer 2015 WDFW asked for public … Continue reading

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Freshwater Trust, Fishing on the Deschutes

The folks at Freshwater Trust recently published a new video, featuring the staff’s philosophy and connection to fly fishing and conservation. Worth a watch: It’s The River That Binds Us: A Staff Story from The Freshwater Trust on Vimeo.

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Support Recovering America’s Wildlife Act!

A bill was introduced last week in Congress to provide $1.3 billion annually for wildlife conservation across the United States. The proposed legislation, called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650), was authored by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Don … Continue reading

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Oregonian Op-Ed: Renewed optimism for salmon recovery

New Op-Ed in the Oregonian this week By Liz Hamilton, Jeff Feldner and Chris Daughters… Biologists have cited removal of the lower Snake River dams as the best tool we’ve got for restoring wild salmon at risk of extinction. Despite … Continue reading

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Support Native Fish Society: Babine Raffle

From Native Fish Society: You could spend a week steelhead fishing on the Babine for only $100! Babine Steelhead Lodge and Epic Waters are donating a prime Babine week for 1 angler to support the work of the Native Fish … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Trust Protects Finn Rock

McKenzie River Trust recently purchased 122 acres of riverfront property on the Upper McKenzie. From the Register-Guard: The Trust finalized the purchase of the additional acreage, which includes the Finn Rock Boat Landing — which will remain open to the … Continue reading

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Deschutes Alliance Report: Black Spot Disease

Have you ever seen a Bull Trout with black spots? This recent report from Deschutes Alliance is yet another alarming trend regarding change on the Deschutes. In the report you will see what appears to be Black Spot Disease showing … Continue reading

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TU takes over Eugene April 1-2

Trout Unlimited will be taking over Eugene on April 1-2 for the Western Regional Meeting being held this year at Valley River Inn. Trout Unlimited, the nation’s largest coldwater fisheries conservation nonprofit, holds regional meetings around the US and this … Continue reading

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Drink Coffee for the River!

$1 of each beverage sold on Tuesday, March 15th is donated to the McKenzie River Trust Full City Coffee Roasters is raising money to protect one of the top ingredients in their product: clean water! When you bring your friends, … Continue reading

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Fly-fishing guides enter the spotted frog case

Good article in the Bend Bulletin: WaterWatch of Oregon, which, along with the Center for Biological Diversity, filed a federal lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation and the Arnold, Central Oregon, Tumalo, Lone Pine and North Unit irrigation districts. The … Continue reading

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DNA evidence shows that salmon hatcheries cause substantial, rapid genetic changes

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study on steelhead trout in Oregon offers genetic evidence that wild and hatchery fish are different at the DNA level, and that they can become different with surprising speed. The research, published today in Nature … Continue reading

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Native Fish Society Homewaters Auction and Banquet

Mark your calendars for the Native Fish Society Homewaters 20th Annual Benefit Banquet + Auction, Saturday, April 16, 2016 5:00pm, Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Portland, OR. Registration/pre-sale tickets available here. Proceeds from the event and auction support the … Continue reading

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Join Jay Nicholas at the Tillamook Bay Watershed Council Meeting Tomorrow

Join the Tillamook Bay Watershed Council Tuesday night, January 26th, for a very special event featuring salmon biologist, fisherman and philosopher Jay Nicholas. Named Oregon’s “Salmon Czar” by Governor Kitzhaber in 1996, Jay was the principal author of the Oregon … Continue reading

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OSU, NOAA Study: Warm-water years are tough on juvenile salmon

From OSU: A new analysis of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Pacific Ocean documents a dramatic difference in their foraging habits and overall health between years of warm water and those when the water is colder. The study found that … Continue reading

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Skagit River steelhead at a crossroads

From the Skagit Valley Herald: The future of Skagit River steelhead is at a crossroads. In the year since the Marblemount Fish Hatchery’s steelhead program was shut down because of a lawsuit, the state Department of Fish & Wildlife has … Continue reading

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