Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas for Coho Again

Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited is again collecting used Christmas trees to use in Coho Salmon Habitat enhancement on the Necanicum River system. This year we will have two drop sites. One will be at The Royal Treatment fly shop in West Linn, and the other will be at Northwest Flyfishing Outfitters in Northeast Portland. See  flyers below. These shops have graciously allowed us to use their site for our efforts and deserve a warm thank you from all of us. 

We will be renting trailers from U-Haul to have at the sites and are planning to take the collected trees to the Coast weekly. We need volunteers to staff these sites on Saturdays. The sites will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM, Saturday, January 5, 12, and 19. Plan on a two hour shift. It was pretty fun last year and if there is no tree activity, well, you're right next to a flyshop!

If anyone has a desire to be a "trailer wrangler" for a weekend, (pick up the trailer, take it to the drop site and the coast and return it), that can be arranged!  We will be asking for a $10.00 donation and hope to collect enough to cover trailer rental and gas for drivers. 

We will also be taking trees from Mckenzie Farms that didn't sell during the season. Mckenzie Farms is one of the largest Christmas Tree growers in Oregon and they expect 1000 to 2000 trees will be available. We are planning on renting a large trailer to make that haul but haven't worked the details out yet. If anyone has any ideas on cheap transportation we would like to hear them. I'll let you know if we need volunteers to help load these trees. Last year Mckenzie Farms staff loaded our trucks! Thanks Mckenzie Farms.

Let me know the day(s) and hours you can help out. Also, please feel free to pass this info along to anyone interested.

Michael Ellis