Oregon Governor encourages the Board of Forestry to create conservation areas on state forests

In remarks to the Oregon Board of Forestry Nov. 3, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber outlined a vision that included the creation of areas on state forests managed primarily for conservation values. The Governor urged the Board to "establish areas managed primarily for conservation on state forests" and to "consider ways of establishing and managing these areas that provide certainty and improved habitat and species recovery outcomes, restoration jobs and other economic benefits such as recreation." The Governor issued a challenge to the Board to "provide a visible and durable conservation area commitment in a scientifically meaningful manner."


The remarks came before a Board discussion on 2012 state forest work plan, used to focus agency planning and management activities. During the work plan discussion, Steelheaders and our allies testified in support of protections for high-priority conservation areas in the Tillamook, Clatsop and other state forests in the 2012 state forest work plan. Steelheaders are advocating that the Board use its authority to designate protected areas around key areas that provide high-quality habitat for salmonids.


The Board of Forestry and State Forester had been discussing the creation of conservation areas, and after public testimony and discussion, they agreed to include the issue in the 2012 work plan to put a higher emphasis on the issue.


Also during the meeting, the Board agreed to maintain the current definition of Greatest Permanent Value (GPV). In early 2012, the board will conclude a three year process in which some members of the board had tried to change the definition of GPV to place timber harvest above all other values of Oregon's state forests, including environmental and recreational values.


Currently, the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests contain no significant tracts of land off limits to logging to protect fish habitat. Earlier this year, an independent science review by Oregon State University's Institute for Natural Resources said the Department of Forestry's plans to increase clearcutting and reduce protections for fish was not based on the best available science.  


"Fishing is a key economic driver in Northwest Oregon," said Russell Bassett, executive director of the Northwest Steelheaders. "Unless we strategically protect key salmon streams and the forests that nourish them, we can't ensure the health of these fisheries for the long term. Thankfully, Governor Kitzhaber has provided the right direction to the Board to better protect key salmon streams."


A 2009 research report funded by Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife called "Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife Viewing, and Shellfishing in Oregon shows that outdoor activities created $136.5 million in economic activity in Tillamook and Clatsop Counties in 2008 alone.


Congruent with Steelheaders' messaging, Gov. Kitzhaber also called for more timber harvest on federal lands.


In addition to anchoring globally important wild salmon and steelhead runs, the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests provide abundant wildlife habitat, air and water purification, flood and climate regulation, carbon sequestration, wetlands, air quality, world class recreation opportunities, and diverse forest products. More than 400,000 people get some or all of their water supply from rivers flowing from the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests.


The full text of Governor Kitzhaber's speech to the Board of Forestry can be HERE.


Sen. Merkley responds, sends letter to EPA on Bristol Bay

Many thanks to the numerous Steelheaders members who contact Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley regarding Bristol Bay, Alaska. Sen. Merkley sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson this week in support of the agency's Watershed Assessment of Bristol Bay.


Kudos to Sen. Merkley for realizing that the world's largest wild, sustainable salmon fishery is important to not only Alaska but also the Pacific Northwest. Please contact Senator Ron Wyden and ask him to do the same as both Oregon Senator Merkley and Washington Senator Cantwell have done.


The full text of Sen. Merkley's letter is available HERE.


Huge sockeye salmon from the Bristol Bay region.



Steelheaders receive ODFW R&E grant to expand Eggs to Fry Program

The ODFW Fish Eggs to Fry Program is a popular and valuable classroom education tool. Hatching fish eggs in a classroom setting helps students learn important concepts while developing caring attitudes about salmonids of the Pacific Northwest and their habitats. The program also helps students meet statewide education standards in science, math, English, social studies, and career-related learning. By using workbooks and creative activities, students also understand the overall concept of conserving Oregon's wild fish species and why their classroom incubator fry are only released in certain water bodies.

Steelheaders provide numerous volunteers and equipment for the STEP Fish Eggs to Fry Program, including owning more than 100 tanks and chillers in the Portland area. Steelheaders would like to provide even more support for this important program that connects kids with salmonids; however, in the past there has been no volunteer guide to show volunteers how to get involved and few materials for volunteers to interact meaningfully in the classroom with students.


The ODFW Restoration and Enhancement Board has awarded Steelheaders a grant to create a supplemental volunteer guide for the Fish Eggs to Fry Program, PowerPoint presentations, video, and interactive activities for volunteers to use in classrooms. This project will also provide funds to inventory all Portland-area Eggs to Fry equipment, gather unused equipment, replace faulty equipment and utilize the reclaimed equipment in new classrooms throughout the state. The project also includes production of 360 salmonid life cycle displays to be used in the classroom. The project will serve as a pilot program, using lessons learned and observations to develop protocols that can be applied across the state for all STEP bios, volunteers and classrooms.


The goal of this project is to connect more Oregon children with salmon, trout and steelhead, and connect them to the outdoors and fishing. It is also designed to increase volunteer and classroom participation in the Fish Eggs to Fry Program. The project will provide guidance that can be used by interested parties throughout the state to increase volunteer participation in the Eggs to Fry Program.


We expect to have the project completed by the end of 2012.


In This Issue
Board of Forestry
Sen. Merkley letter on Bristol Bay
Eggs to Fry Program

Fall Magazine


The Fall 2011 edition of "The Northwest Steelheader" magazine is not avialable online HERE.


Members will receive a hard copy in their mail soon.

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Executive Committee meeting 6:30 pm Thursday Dec. 1 at the ANWS Office, 6641 SE Lake Rd. in Milwaukie.

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For more information contact ANWS President Joe Domenico at (503) 778-0151 or jdomenico@farmersagent.com


Columbia River (Vancouver)

Monthly members meeting 6:30 pm Wednesday Dec. 14 at Pied Piper Pizza, 12300 NE Fourth Plain Rd. in Vancouver.


Contact President Keith Hyde at 360-772-0996 or dunerider84@aol.com


Emerald Empire

Christmas dinner Wednesday Dec. 7 at Pappy's Pizzaria,

4261 Barger D., in Eugene. 

November newsletter



Contact President Bill Robbins at 541-689-5075, suznbill@comcast.net



Christmas potluck 7 pm Wednesday Dec. 7 at the
Church of Christ, 1530 SE Webster Rd. in Portland.

November newsletter

Contact President Carol Clark at 503-632-6974 or clclark@bctonline.com


Monthly members meeting 7 pm Wednesday Dec. 7 at the Albany Senior Center, 489 Water Ave. in Albany.

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Monthly members meeting 7 pm Tuesday Nov. 8 at the Chehalem Senior Center, 101 Foothills Dr., in Newberg.


Contact President Kevin Hula at 503-781-9378, kevinhula@aol.com

North Coast

Monthly members meeting 7 pm Thursday Dec. 8 at the ODFW Tillamook Office, 4907 3rd St. in Tillamook.
Contact President Bill Hedlund at 503-815-2737,

Monthly members meeting 7 pm Tuesday Dec. 20 at the Keizer Community Center, 930 Chemawa Rd. in Keizer.




Contact President Dana Roberts at 503-364-7923, danacrob@hotmail.com


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Monthly members meeting 7 pm Wednesday Dec. 7 at Glenn Otto Park, 1208 Historic Columbia River Hwy in Troutdale.

November newsletter
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Tualatin Valley

Monthly members meeting 7 pm Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Aloha American Legion Hall, 20325 SW Alexander St., in Aloha.

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