Friday, May 31, 2013

HB 2396 - PASSED!!!

Tom just let us know - it's now a LAW; the Governor has seen and signed the house bill proposal 2396 for inclusion of Large Woody Debris for habitat. Good news for an important habitat structure!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bristol Bay - Last Shot!

REMINDER: In Portland - Tonight, May 29th, a comment Card signing party will be hosted by TU and Wild Salmon Center at the Ecotrust building in Portland from 6pm-8pm.  Films will be shown, commercial fishermen, chefs, and guides will be on hand.  Duane Meadows will talk on Policy and why you should sign a comment card...

As well - today is the LAST day left to comment on the revised EPA assessment [May 31].
UPDATE [5.31.13]: EPA has extended the comment period 30 days....but why wait?!?!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Board discussions....

While discussing the prospect of receiving and posting potential website photos from chapter members [ submit yours with a short comment - email ] on the new TVTU website under development, the Board commented on general aesthetics but also the ETHICAL IDEALS of what we portray for the Chapter and TU. Much of the discussion revolved around live release of fish...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Salem updates.....

The latest from Tom Wolf - TU Man about Salem:

SB 838 and SB 401 - Suction Dredge Mining bills: we continue to bring constituents-business owners, sportsman, scientists, etc. to meet with legislators on this bill. No idea when it will get its next hearing yet.
SB 602 - Waldo Lake bill:  the motor ban on Waldo Lake PASSED on the House floor Monday. Now it just awaits a signature by the Governor.
HB 3441 - Hatchery Research Center reform bill: up for hearing in Senate Environment and Natural Resources committee May 16. Tom will be testifying in support of the bill.
HB 3476 – GMO/Atlantic Salmon bill [latest iteration]: TU is supporting this bill however it appears to be DEAD. Killed by the efforts of Pacific Seafood, a prominent seafood company that wants to market genetically altered salmon in Oregon. We will attempt this concept again in next legislative session or in ODFW rules.
Tom Wolf/TU Oregon  [not in Salem...]

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

South Twin Lake outing

Well no official reports were received on this one but based on a quick discussion at the last Chapter Meeting, it sounds like 4 persons were present – 3 from the Clackamas River Chapter and our very own Mark Rogers from TVTU [a few of non-fishing wives also showed – so include yours for a camp trip next time!].

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bristol Bay - get local!

A few items of interest perhaps on the local front for Bristol Bay activity and involvement; received from Duane Meadow through the TU Oregon Director - Tom Wolf:
We have 2 events happening in Oregon before the end of the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment comment period closes on May 31.
May 22nd Deschutes Chapter is hosting a “Still Saving Bristol Bay” event at the Good Life Brewery in Bend at 6:00 p.m. – Films will be shown and Fishermen will talk and I will wow everyone with my policy nerd talk. 
May 29th A comment Card signing party will be hosted by TU and Wild Salmon Center at the Ecotrust building in Portland from 6:00-8:00 p.m..  Films will be shown, with commercial fishermen, chefs, and guides on hand.  Again I will talk on Policy and why you should sign a comment card.

Dwayne Meadows
Bristol Bay National Outreach Director 

Also DO NOT MISS THE CHANCE TO COMMENT!! May 31 is the deadline….2 weeks!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Woody Debris Bill - on it's way!

Mabel Creek Oregon       TU Restoration Photo
HB 2396 – Large Woody Debris: PASSED a vote on the Senate floor on Monday by a 22-7 vote. May 15 it is up for a concurrence vote (on Senate amendments) on the House floor. If it passes there it is all done except for the signing by the Governor. So if you hear a story in the news today about an excited red-headed spectator in the House Gallery during the vote on HB 2396, you know who that will be [and if you can’t figure that out or have never met Tom – that would be our man in Salem! THANKS TOM!!]. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sequestration strikes.....

375 gauges nationwide to discontinue operation

your river gauges. A map of USGS river gauges in Oregon that are in jeopardy of being shut down due to cuts from sequestration. HERE

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Waldo Lake - SB 602 continues....

Waldo Lake    USDA
Tom Wolf updates us on the progress of SB602:

SB602 which would ban all fossil fuel powered motors on Waldo Lake [by adding it to the list of motorless waters already in Oregon] passed out of the House Energy and Environment Committee by a partisan 5-4 vote.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Meeting TONIGHT!

Don't forget: 6:30 p.m. tonight [May 8]- Lucky Lab Multnomah Village! Member meeting featuring Joel LaFollette of Royal Treatment Fly Fishing sharing "100 years on the Metolius". Presentation begins around 7:00 p.m. Pizza and more, beverages, fish stories - it's all here! And don't forget - the TVTU meetings are open to the public so if you are not a TU member but are interested in the presenter or looking for Chapter information - stop on by!

A film primer from Joel on some of his time on The Met:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Coho Sactuary Update...

In an email from Melyssa Graeper,Coordinator and Executive Director of the Necanicum Watershed Council wrote to provide an update to the Coho Sanctuary project that TVTU has been a part of on the Necanicum River. This project is the area that receives the majority of the donated Christmas trees from the Christmas for Coho project.

Friday, May 3, 2013

EPA REVISED assessment...

Sockeye Spawning Mob    US EPA
The EPA has released a revised assessment of the Bristol Bay area and the potential large-scale mining impacts to fish, wildlife and Alaska Native cultures. They have posted the report HERE in both summary and full draft. Fact sheets are available as well. COMMENTS are due by MAY 31 and may be submitted ONLINE, email or written.

May/June Newsletter - AVAILABLE!

The new MAY/JUNE 2013 edition of The Trout Line has been posted. Catch up on the Chapter!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Member Meeting

Another one you won't want to miss! Joel LaFollette of Royal Treatment Fly Fishing will present "100 years on the Metolius" at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village on Wednesday [May 8 - NEXT WEEK] - starts at 6:30. See this river from the a historical family perspective - with some modern twists and tricks!! Voted a don't miss by the Clackamas River Chapter - so if you did miss it then - here's another opportunity! Pizza, beverages, fish stories and more!
Remember all Member Meetings occur on the second Wednesday of the month.

Also don't forget about this weekends OUTING!