Friday, January 23, 2015

The Great Salmon Compromise

High Country News
Tom Wolf shares many bits of news and articles of worth throughout the year - one of his repeating sources is the High Country News. Below is the link to an article on the the endangered salmon runs and the Columbia Basin Fish Accords that have resulted.

The Great Salmon Compromise: The Columbia Basin Fish Accords have funded $1 billion worth of habitat restoration projects, but can they replace free-flowing rivers?


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tom Wolf forwarded an interesting article a while back that relates to funding natural resources - the article written primarily about wildlife and hunting and the State of Wyoming - contains valid points that reach further than the noted content. This discussion applies to fish and all resources across all areas and is relevant to funding issues that all state fish and wildlife agencies face.

We here in the Pacific Northwest know that we can easily replace 'hunters' in this High Country News article with 'fisherman'....there is also reinforcement for your involvement and voice in policy-making!

Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
Hunters may lose influence as other groups are asked to increase their contributions.

Monday, January 19, 2015

We knew them when.....

Back in early December there was a Grant's Getaways show that aired - it featured the local Salmon Watch efforts; but more impressively Mark Rogers and his wife Janet were included as participating teacher volunteers! You'll certainly remember Mark for his increasing efforts coordinating the work with City of Tigard on Derry Dell creek - well, he and Janet fill their time teaching to the kids in Salmon Watch.....Looking to the next generations!


Besides being a great program, presented by a gracious TV host, we can say we know these folks! Tell them 'GREAT JOB' next time you see them at a meeting, camp out or Project!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Crooked River Fly water  - ODFW by Jessica Sall


Merkley, Walden Deliver Crooked River Agreement as Legislation Passes Senate
Bipartisan agreement is poised for passage in House; will deliver greater water security and economic growth for Central Oregon

WASHINGTON – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Greg Walden announced they have reached an agreement on legislation to implement a collaborative vision for water management along the Crooked River, and that the bill passed the Senate unanimously this afternoon.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January at TVTU!

Here we go!  The new year is upon us and we're looking for a good one! We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable time during the holidays this year and that TVTU can be a part of your 2015. Good luck with all your resolutions!

Kicking off the year here is what TVTU has in store for the month.............

Saturday, January 3, 2015

In a recent leader update from National, a notice was given for a report on 10 Special Places - we include it here for your reading; obviously, geared to the Eastern portion of the nation do not feel polarized! The information represents a need for awareness and education and applies to some of the same issues we are seeing in the west.....
 
Every place where we fish or hunt, where we take our families to get outdoors, and where we seek solitude and escape from our daily lives is special.
 
Angler in Jefferson National ForestWhen Trout Unlimited began looking at the risks that rapidly expanding shale gas drilling operations in the East could pose to public lands, we knew we had to bring attention to these special places. Thanks to the help of many local TU volunteers working hand-in-hand with TU staff, we're pleased to present the Ten Special Places report, a TU initiative that tells the story of some of these great public places and why and how they should be protected.
 
For the 8.8 million hunters and anglers who fish and hunt in the Central Appalachian region, industrial-scale energy development encroaching on public lands is a big deal. In its Ten Special Places report, TU takes a deeper look into these public places, outlining the potential risks posed by gas drilling operations and providing recommendations to promote responsible energy development.  Already there have been wins, such as the announcement earlier this autumn that no additional lands of the George Washington National Forest would be leased for oil and gas development.
 
Thanks to volunteers such as you, TU is able to be an active participant in this and so many other important issues. Join us by learning more today.
 
Sincerely, 
Mark Taylor
Trout Unlimited
Eastern Communications Director
 
Mark can be reached through the CONTACTS PAGE of tu.org.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What'd I Miss - December Edition

The December meeting was a nice way to round out the year for TVTU – a fairly decent number of members were able to take a break from the pre-holiday bustle and come enjoy a beverage with Marc Williamson while he spoke about his experiences on the Crooked River.
Before Marc took center stage to address the 29 attendees Erle – esteemed chapter President – made a few announcements to our group [which included 5 new members and 2 visitors]:
  • Oregon Council recently sent out a mailer to all Oregon TU members in an effort to increase visibility of TU efforts throughout the state

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

We would like to thank all the great members of the Tualatin Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited for their support and participation throughout the year - we wish you all the very best in this Holiday season and hope that you have a very safe and fulfilling time with family, friends and fishes!

We hope to see you in the New Year - perhaps helping with our Christmas for Coho tree collection [January 3/10/17]!! Please don't forget our coho friends......

Turn your christmas tree into fish habitat with Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ODFW New Director Survey

What qualities do Oregonians [who chose to comment...] want in their new ODFW Director?

Read the list from their recent survey.....conservation minded leads the way...but with 66 pages of free comments there are various thoughts indeed. Enjoy!

ODFW Survey RESULTS

P.S. ODFW extended the application deadline...in case anyone wants to apply!