More publicity for the Christmas for Coho Project - after receiving some national attention from Field & Stream last year for the Project the editors have remained in contact with the Chapter and they have placed a blurb on their website - pretty nice! Michael shared it with us the other day:
The Chapter was also contacted by the Lamb Foundation who award grants to various Projects and groups. We did not solicit this but rather caught the eye of the board and were prompted to submit Chapter project information. The foundation was able to include the Chapter in their awarding. We are very appreciative of that recognition and will dedicate this granted money to our various goals!
The mission of the Lamb
Foundation is to support a range of creative programs to improve the quality
of human experience.
We are guided by the
values of innovation, sound management and the potential for positive impact
Throughout our grantmaking,
we particularly encourage those projects that recognize the positive impact
of direct action, exploration, and intellectual curiosity.
It is this type of visibility and recognition that will continue to allow the Chapter to meet our TU goals into the future and we appreciate all the recognition but especially the efforts of those who helped us with our various efforts. If you'd like to help - in any manner - CONTACT US.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the member meeting this month....I was definitely looking forward to seeing our good friend and All-Knowing Necanicum guy Doug Ray again. He originally planned to bring Melissa Reich our friend from the North Coast Land Conservancy - and Power Point presentation guru - to the meeting to review and discuss the Tualatin Valley Chapter's efforts - past and future - on the north coast!.....
Many of you have had the pleasure in recent years to meet Herb Thompson, a bear of a man with an iron grip, kind eyes and an unyielding dedication to the Necanicum River and the fish that it supports. Herb, along with his son Byron and his dear friend and neighbor Doug Ray, were proprietors and innovators of the Coho Sanctuary along the Necanicum. Herb supplied much of the heavy equipment needs for numerous Necanicum restoration projects with his trusty, rusty vintage track hoe and equally weathered dump truck. TVTU was among the partners making cutting-edge restoration of coho, chum and cutthroat rearing habitat on private property on coastal streams a shining example of what’s possible when committed individuals with a shared vision work hard and work together to make something very real happen. Herb was killed last Friday in a tragic accident clearing a dangerous wood snag on Doug’s property. Doug narrowly escaped injury in the accident, and is understandably devastated by the loss. Doug is this month’s featured speaker at the TVTU meeting on Wednesday Dec. 11 at 7 pm. Herb is survived byhis wife Susan of Seaside; son Byren and Daughter in law Tracy Thompson of Seaside; six grandchildren, Hunter, Duncan, Ruger and Kinsley Thompson of Seaside, Palmer and Jack Thompson of Newberg; his mother Ellen Thompson of St. Helens; brothers William and Robert Thompson of St. Helens; sister Alice Bair of Prineville; and brother Dale Thompson of Cordon. There will be a memorial gathering for Herb in Seaside on Monday, December 16th from 2 - 5 PM at the American Legion Post on Broadway.
Oh yes, I can get dumber but I have to work at it! For many years I have volunteered for Save the Salmon introducing macro invertebrates to school age children. The program is part of the Salmon Watch program established by the World Salmon Council of Portland and has been dead for a number of years but found new life again this year. It was suggested that I again volunteer to teach macros. I have no formal training in macros so I'm self taught in some aspects of this subject. I feel I have something I can share in teaching macros so why not? But I also have a second reason for teaching in that it forces me to learn about our environment.
Can you squeeze in some time in the wonderful and busy holiday season to come join us on December 11th? That's NEXT WEEK!!
Member meeting is at the Lucky Lab Public House in Multnomah Village [second floor]. We start around 6:30 and this month will feature our very own Doug Ray! Doug is our member on the ground at Seaside and has offered to travel into town and give
us a run down of the restoration projects that TVTU assists with on the
Necanicum River. If you are interested in how the Chapter uses your hard work and your hard-earned funds - not to mention how YOU can get involved - come meet Doug!
The Tualatin Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Lucky Labrador Public House located at 7675 SW Capitol Hwy [Multnomah Village]. Meetings begin at 6:30pm and are free and open to the public. We sponsor a wide range of program speakers, conservation efforts and club events. This blog is dedicated to sharing information about our many club activities.