Category Archives: Oregon Conservation News

John Day Smallmouth Trip 2018

The river was a bit busier, the weather was a bit cooler, but the floating, camping and fishing were still a blast. The John Day from Twickenham to Clarno is an easy family friendly float trip. Busy Fathers day weekend … Continue reading

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McKenzie River Paddle & Pull

Join McKenzie River Trust in caring for a special property between Hendricks Bridge and Hayden Bridge on the McKenzie River! Saturday, June 23rd, volunteer to help care for McKenzie Oxbow, a 20-acre conservation area just downstream of Hendrick’s Bridge Boat … Continue reading

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Lower South Fork McKenzie River Floodplain Enhancement Project Phase I

Phase I of the Lower South Fork McKenzie River Floodplain Enhancement Project is underway. The Project will enhance habitat conditions within the lower mile of the river and restore connections to over 200 acres of floodplain. Contractors are currently collecting … Continue reading

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Rapids Camp for a Benjamin Raffle

From the Native Fish Society. TWO ANGLERS FOR FLY-OUT FLY FISHING IN ALASKA FOR $100 That’s right friends, get your best fishing buddy on the phone, because this is your once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Alaska and all … Continue reading

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Smith River tree planting on April 19th: Join Your Local TU Chapter

On April 19th TU chapter #678 will be assisting in planting native trees on Bum Creek in the Smith River area. If you would like to plant some trees, get muddy, have fun and help the river and its denizens … Continue reading

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Celebrate World Water Day in Eugene with Ninkasi on Thursday

Have you thought about water today? It may be among the first things you reach for in the morning: to drink, to shower, to cook. But when’s the last time you took a moment to really appreciate clean and abundant … Continue reading

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IF4 2018 in Eugene

Get your tickets for the 2018 Eugene International Film Festival! This is the 4th year running that there has been a joint effort in hosting the IF4. The IF4 Film Fest is a collection of professionally made fly fishing videos … Continue reading

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Where are all the 100lb kings? Orcas?

Interesting article on OPB yesterday about the decline of mega-Chinook. Our official position at OFFB is that the sole mammal species responsible for salmonid declines is sitting behind our keyboards. But there is some interesting stuff about orca biology here. … Continue reading

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ODFW trucking sea lions to protect dwindling Willamette Winter Steelhead

From OPB: Oregon wildlife managers are trapping sea lions at Willamette Falls and trucking them out to the coast in an effort to protect a very fragile run of steelhead. Biologists estimate the sea lions at Willamette Falls are eating … Continue reading

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Chinook salmon losing genetic diversity

Via Science: Chinook salmon, an iconic species in the Pacific Northwest, have lost up to two-thirds of their genetic diversity over the past 7000 years, researchers report. The finding underscores a long-held concern that future salmon populations are imperiled by … Continue reading

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Detroit Lake Shutdown, Santiam Fish Recovery

From the Statesman Journal: A project intended to improve conditions for endangered fish could mean essentially emptying Detroit Lake for one or two years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to build a 300-foot tower and floating screen … Continue reading

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OWRD Grants Support Sprague and Crooked Rivers

Four water projects in Oregon have won nearly $6.3 million from state regulators, including two projects with a major impact on fish. The Opal Springs Fish Passage Project is a collaborative effort to secure upstream fish passage at Opal Springs … Continue reading

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Washington Cancels Atlantic Salmon Farming Lease

From the Seattle Times: Cooke Aquaculture Pacific has lost the lease for its Atlantic salmon net-pen farm in Port Angeles and must shut down and remove it, said Hilary Franz, state commissioner of public lands, who terminated Cooke’s lease. The … Continue reading

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Safina: Pebble Mine is a Death Wish

On a day after the president just enacted the the largest reduction of public-lands protection in U.S. history, we need to again take up the fight against the Pebble Mine. You may have thought it was dead, but it is … Continue reading

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Updating ODOT’s Culvert Repair Program

Earlier this year, federal courts ruled in favor of salmon and steelhead against the state of Washington, requiring the state to replace poorly designed culverts. Culverts are pipes under roadways that carry streams and runoff. When a culvert becomes plugged … Continue reading

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