Friday, April 18, 2014

Tom giving out the 411....


Tom Wolf on the front lines sent out this update yesterday; the Pacific Fisheries Management Council had a meeting last week - that he attended on behalf of OCTU [part of his Man of Action duties he volunteers his TU time towards]. A portion of their discussions revolved around forage fish and sustaining populations....obviously, as other fisheries are overwhelmed with take, attentions turn to more numerous and previously unheralded food fishes. Of late, the concerns are these are now the forage fishes that our 'target' or 'high-end' species rely on for survival - thus adding to the depletion sources.

Tom reports: ......

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What'd I miss? April Edition...

Another installment brings us into spring....and some forecast NICE weather! Maybe some of you were away or planning to get away [hopefully to the Saturday TVTU outing......] - regardless, we have you covered! A shortened version of course - can't give it all away or nobody would show up! Hopefully, there is worth in recapping meetings in that folks who've been missing out will come to a few that they see as interesting - we do have a lot of bases covered with the presenters!
So without further ado........

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Speaking of C4C......

Michael did a quick tally awhile back of volunteer hours from the great participation for Christmas for Coho. The calculations show:

30 volunteers for the drop sites over 3 days = 321 hours
6 volunteers for tree placement = 36 hours
9 volunteers for hauling trees from McKenzie Farms = 56 hours

Add that all together and you get a respectable 413 project hours total!! That is just straight hours - not the periphery hours for coordination and set-up etc. Not a bad bit of information and something the TVTU members should be proud of!

So what does this mean?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Another reminder....weather looks good!

Mike G at Lost Lake ca. 2009
APRIL 12 OUTING

WHAT: Lost Lake [Clatsop County] outing
WHERE: drive west on highway 26 and turn off on the road to Spruce Run Park on the Nehalem River. Just before entering the park, a gravel road (unsigned but known as the Lost Lake Road) takes off on the left. This road travels 5 or 6 miles to a parking area on your right. Just past the parking lot is an unimproved boat ramp.
WHEN: Andy hopes to be at the parking area by 10 a.m.
[You can show up anytime - just be sure to say 'Hello!']
INSIDE STORY: Lost is less than 30 feet deep and is divided into two parts by a small passage; it is a 15-acre natural forest lake nestled in the mountains. The lake is stocked with rainbows.....and a steelhead or two to keep you on your toes! The lake is best fished with a pontoon boat or float tube.
CONTACT: ANDY ANDREWS

BONUS: weather looks good this year - chance of passing hail squalls is ZERO! [ask Andy about it...]; partly cloudy/mostly sunny and heading into the 60's! Come warm up those skills for the summer season!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Reminder......

Steelhead at Salmonberry Falls
Remember the February post about Salmonberry Steelhead surveys starting soon? Those dates are set....and they are approaching!!!
Volunteer to help out with this long running program that provides spawning info on one of Oregon's premier coast range steelhead rivers. It is not a TVTU program but one we appreciate!

WHEN: April 13 and 27; May 4, 11, and 25
WHAT: Redd Counts/Spawner Survey
CONTACT: Ian Fergusson at ian.fergusson@comcast.net
General Meeting
TONIGHT!
Lucky Labrador - Multnomah Village
6:30 p.m.
Second Floor Banquet Room
Speaker: Scott Richmond [aka Uncle Fuzzy]

Also: OUTING this Saturday!
Lost Lake [Clatsop County near Elsie]


Monday, April 7, 2014

In case you were wondering.....

During this years Christmas for Coho collection - Field & Stream came out to Oregon to feature the project as part of their Heroes of Conservation program. A few things came along with that besides the publicity - for one, the participants for the day were entered in a raffle to win a gift card from Toyota/Field & Stream.

The winner was announced recently [hopefully, the winner has heard from F&S!!!]......

Friday, April 4, 2014

Food and water - necessities of LIFE!

Take Action
In case you don't get notices from national/state TU - this is a repost of an ACTION ALERT emailed to members this morning. Consider the evidence and voice your opinions - they ARE asking afterall!

As a TU member in salmon and steelhead country, we need your voice to let the Pacific Fisheries Management Council know sport fishermen want better protections on the fish that our salmon and steelhead feed on in the open ocean.

WHY WE CARE
Pacific forage fish such as sand lace, squid, sardines and whitebait smelt play a crucial role in the lives salmon and steelhead. When these little fish congregate in massive bait balls at the mouths of our rivers they provide a source of alternative prey, working as a cover against a gauntlet of seabirds, seals and larger fish as outmigrating salmon and steelhead smolt. They also provide a crucial food source, accounting for nearly half the diet composition of Chinook salmon.
Protecting forage fish is also a good return on our investment. We spend countless hours working to protect the existing wild runs we have, while trying to improve their habitat. Sending them to a life in the ocean where their food is abundant is crucial to any work we do in fresh water.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
As TU Members in the salmon states, we have the power to give public opinion to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. Letting them know you support better forage fish management will give them the support they need to move forward with a solid Forage Fish Policy.

Send a letter today.

Sincerely,

Dwayne Meadows
Pacific Northwest Outreach Director

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This month at TVTU....

GENERAL MEETING!
WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah]
WHERE ELSE: 2nd Floor Meeting Room
WHAT TIME: 6:30 gather; 7:00 program
WHAT to EXPECT: Scott Richmond - author and the Westfly guy - sharing his take on the Deschutes River fishery. Come and see how you can take advantage of that!
WHAT to BRING: a friend! a good 'tude! a tale! [Ron wants you to come haggle on the raffle tickets too].
Don't forget FOOD & DRINK are available for purchase at the staffed bar.
MEETING INFO:
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OUTING!
WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014
WHERE: LOST LAKE - Clatsop County [since Oregon seems to have lost a few...]
WHAT TIME: 10:00 a.m. [give or take...] at the Boatramp
WHAT to EXPECT: 15-acres of natural forest lake in the mountains; stocked with rainbows - usually has some holdovers early in the season - as well as a few steelhead to warm you up.
WHAT to BRING: Float tube or pontoon is recommended. Lunch/snack is appropriate. Another friend couldn't hurt!
OUTING INFO:
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DID YOU KNOW?
The TVTU Website has a CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS as well? Sure it's only as good as the people who fill it out but we try to keep it up to date. Remember to check it out and if you have any questions - JUST ASK!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Cold CLEAN Fishable Waters


The video above was circulated by the Bitterroot Chapter of TU in a recent Chapter newsletter; one of our members forwarded it along [he has ties back to Montana]. Many actions affect water - many are affected by actions around water.

From the BRTU notice: There's not much trout fishing over in the Colstrip area of Montana, but the attached video is a moving and compelling reminder of why TU fights for water quality. Think the same thing could happen here? You bet! This could be the proposed gold mine on the Blackfoot that seems to never die or the one proposed for Blue Joint in the Bitterroot. The cowboy poet (a real cowboy, not a lavender cowboy) in the video is Wally McRae who has been fighting for the environment in eastern Montana for decades.

Power. Ranching. Wild things. Farming.
We demand it.
Water.
We NEED it.

Slowly migrating toward a waterway near you...