Category: Conservation Corner

Keith Hansen Memorial Paddle Raise Grantee Leaders Speak Out for Wild North Umpqua Steelhead

Editor’s Note: Nearly twenty years ago, I hooked (but eventually did not land) my first steelhead on the North Umpqua River in a legendary pool called Charcoal Point. I was awestruck by the power and beauty of this wild fish. So for the love of wild steelhead and a river so dear to our hearts,…

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Conservation Corner – Together We Can Help the North Umpqua River

A Collaborative Effort for a Monumental Task Editor’s Note and Correction: Shortly after this piece was posted, your Flyline editor received clarification from Native Fish Society’s Southern Oregon Regional Coordinator, Kirk Blaine, that this proposed project seeks to eliminate summer steelhead hatchery supplementation. The previous version of this post suggested Spring Chinook and Coho were…

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Conservation Corner – Some Good News!

More River Protection in Store Oregon Congressman deFazio (D) and California Congessman Jered Huffman (D) have reintroduced H.R. 992, the Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act, to permanently ban strip mining in the headwaters of south coast streams of Josephine and Curry Counties. If passed, the bill would make permanent an existing 20 year…

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Conservation Corner – We Don’t Need NO Stinking PEBBLE MINE

In July 2020 the Army Corps of Engineers released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that would allow the Pebble project to move forward.  Since then thousands of concerned Alaskans, and Americans from around the country, have raised a big ruckus.  Commercial, subsistence and recreational fishers have fought this project for over ten years, and…

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Conservation Corner – Klamath Revival

Editor’s Note: The Klamath River dams could begin coming down in 2022. The plan for demolition is nearly as massive as the dams themselves, involving multiple agencies, tribes, sport fishing groups, environmental groups, landowners, Pacificorp, and Klamath River Renewal Corporation. Will the promise of a free Klamath finally come to pass? Native Fish Society’s Southern…

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Conservation Corner – On Science and Living Rivers

  One of the pleasures of retirement is having the time to explore the myriad interests that were superficially studied during the frenetic working years. My love of science has sparked deeper investigation into botany, entomology, genetics, and even virology! Yes, there is a fishing connection here. But back to virology. Like many Americans, I…

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Conservation Corner – Early Summer Report on Columbia River Salmonids

Editor’s Note: I am grateful that wild salmon and steelhead have the tireless devotion and expertise of David Moskowitz  at The Conservation Angler. He continually advocates for science-based policies to manage Columbia River Fishery regulations. It’s difficult for those of us who love to chase summer steelies to think about leaving the two-handed rod at…

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Conservation Corner – The Salmon Life History Re-Written

Comments Requested by Flyline Editor – An·thro·po·cene – (anTHrəpəˌsēn), adjective relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. Salmon and steelhead life histories in the Anthropocene Epoch. “Migrating” to the ocean on a barge. Your Flyline editor…

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