Sunday, December 21, 2014

How to Boost Salmon Populations


Tom forwarded a Op-Ed piece that a friend of his wrote - Liz Hamilton. A continuation of his educational forays while tending to Oregon State Council duties.....

Guest: How to boost salmon populations


We need to support expanding spill and managing the hydro-system more like a natural river for salmon to survive and recover, write guest columnists Liz Hamilton and Joseph Bogaard.

Seattle Times, November 6

By Liz Hamilton and Joseph Bogaard

Special to The Times
  
FEISTY and quotable former Oregon Gov. Tom McCall once said that if salmon and steelhead are running, “God knows that all is well in His world. ... The health of the environment is good if the salmon and steelhead are around. It is that simple.”

The late governor was right, of course. Salmon and steelhead are excellent barometers.....


Friday, December 19, 2014

Tom Testifies......

on behalf of clean water and air for Oregon salmonids.

From Tom on his November efforts in Salem:

Greetings,

First, on November 5 , The Oregon Department of Forestry Board was taking testimony on the state Forest Alternative Manage Plan. I testified for the Land Allocation proposal, with specifics consisting of asking for at least 30% of state forests protected as conservation areas (and hopefully a larger percentage), large no cut buffers not only for larger perennial streams but also for smaller and non-perennial streams, and to include providing more recreational areas in state forests.
The Board adopted the land allocation (70-30) alternative with the specificity to be adopted later. Note I will be working with ODF staff to make sure that there is adequate and substantial no cut buffers, large conservation areas and adequate recreational areas. The final recommendations will be worked on by ODF staff and approved by BOF in about a few months.



Second, on November 6, I testified before DEQ commission on their Clean Fuels program, where they will be looking at proposing new rules in January. I testified in support of stronger rules within this program to limit carbon emissions and thus limit climate change/global warming. I sited studies which show that if unstopped, carbon emissions will cause wild native salmonids to lose over 50% of their habitat due to excessively high water temperatures. I also sited studies about the importance of fishing to Oregon's economy - especially in rural parts of the state and how the demise of wild trout and salmon will have an adverse impact on those rural town economies.

The DEQ commission will make a decision in January 2015.

Tom


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oregon Election Results and Oregon TU

As Willie Nelson's song says...On the Road Again, Can't Wait to get on the Road Again....we re-enter the Highway on Tom's Tour.


After a settling period and just before everyone goes gob-jawed over the upcoming Holiday rat-race, Tom reviews the political rat-race from last month and offers a bit of insight from his many years of faithful Oregon service - Hail to Tom!

Thoughts on 2015.....

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tom - Your Tour Guide and Educator...

Anytime we can talk dam removal - we like to.....especially those that serve greater as impediments than their original purposes.

With Tom continuing as our guide we present to our membership another article relating to watershed recovery post-dam removal......

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A wayside.....

Tom's pulled over the tour bus for the day and we're taking a scenic detour down another TVTU effort:
 

 
TVTU is a sponsor of the NW area program effort. Jerry Lorang - aka Trout Line Editor Extraordinaire - along with Ron Reinebach work tirelessly for this EXCEPTIONAL program reaching out to Veteran's across our region. As we have noted - and you may have heard at meetings - the 2015 Event Schedule has been set. If you care to assist - contact Jerry for information. And, as always, if you are or you know a Veteran who wishes to participate - show up and see how it fits for you!

From Jerry......

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Candid Thoughts from Tom....

Tom came and met with TVTU at our November - unfortunately, I was unable to attend but many of his thoughts have been shared via the OCTU meetings and dialogue. Below is a very important focus for 2015 - new ODFW Directorship and Budget.

Tom offers insights for the direction Oregon TU will be operating toward. As always - please feel free as members to follow along and provide your input - it is an important part of the organization! Contact either the chapter or the OCTU Officers.

Thanks again for the efforts Tom!

My thoughts on ODFW 2015-2017 proposed budget and agency reform...

Monday, December 8, 2014

Reminder....



GENERAL MEETING!
WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House [Multnomah]
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. Socializing; meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

WHAT to EXPECT: Marc Williamson - fishing the Crooked River.
 

Marc will discuss fishing methods for the Crooked combined with what requirements fish have on the river. Also - what you need to know about the different river habitats adn your approach.

Marc has a 45-year career as an educator - teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and Professor of Education at Warner Pacific College. He has transitioned that to teaching fly fishing, fly casting, and fly tying as a way to share his passion.

Marc got his start in the fly fishing industry in 1983 at Stewart’s Custom Tackle; is a long time member of the FFF and co-founder/Director of the Northwest Christian Fly Flyfishing Inc.
 

WHAT to BRING: a warm body looking for knowledge on one of the premier waters of Central Oregon. And an appetite - beers and pub foods are available for purchase - cut the line and order from the bar in our second floor banquet room.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Oregon Stream Temps

More miles have passed and Tom continues leading us on a journey of education across the state.....

Trout Unlimited has many efforts underway - scientific and empirical. Tom pointed out TU's involvement in a stream temperature mapping effort in the PNW - but particularly here in Oregon.



Just one more way TU is working for Oregon - maybe not press-worthy but important none-the-less. Thanks to your participation and donations!

More information is available from the USFS  Regional Database.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December at TVTU?

One down - one to go....Holidays that is. Need a break check out the TVTU December meeting..............

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Post Holiday Reading.....

Continuing our trek down the informational highway - before we hit mile post-holiday narcolepsy - we follow Tom's lead once again as he shares with us more wisdom from Dr. James Rose studying the:


Tom offers: "...at the end he makes a good point that if fishing was banned, urbanized society would lose a big voice for the protection of fish and their habitat.