R&E Funds Make Great Improvements to Access and Facilities for Oregon Anglers (Part 1 of 3)

R&E funds access and facilitiesAt Cheadle Lake Recreational Area east of Lebanon, anglers, walkers and kayakers each enjoy the great outdoors at an expansive park not far from town.

Halfway across the state, children catch their very first rainbow trout at Prineville Youth Fishing Pond.

Meanwhile, visitors to the north coast can spend the day at Lake Lytle in Rockaway Beach, where a new fishing dock provides more space for people to fish.

These projects are just a few of the many dozens of improvements made using Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Restoration & Enhancement program dollars in the past several years. Each of them were accomplished under the umbrella of the 25-year Recreational Angling Enhancement Plan meant to make fishing a more pleasurable, convenient and successful experience for anglers throughout the state.
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ODFW R&E Board position open

RE-board-membersEvery year, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Restoration and Enhancement Program gives $2 million to $3 million to fishery projects that benefit sport and commercial fisheries. The projects aim for a balance of both restoration and enhancement, to continually improve our state’s fishing grounds.

The program’ board studies proposed projects, listens to public comment on them, and makes recommendations for funding to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
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R&E Board Spotlight: Kay Brown

Waterfall_on_Sandy_River_-_panoramio-smKay Brown may be new to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Restoration & Enhancement Board, but for her the work feels very familiar.

That’s because Brown brings with her a lot of budgeting know-how and more than 30 years of ODFW experience, most of them as a fish biologist and operations manager.
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ODFW seeking STEP Advisory Committee Volunteers in the North Coast & Upper Rogue

STAC-board-membersThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking volunteers to represent the North Coast and Upper Rogue STEP Districts on the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee.

Applicants should be involved in local fishing or STEP groups, have previous community service experience or be involved in natural resource or angling education programs. New committee members would be asked to serve a four-year term, with the possibility of re-appointment for a total term of eight years. Members must be able to travel at least three times per year.
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Acclimation Facility in Douglas County provides Winter Steelhead in the South Umpqua

4454826257_b0c2fb17ce_b-smBeginning about late January, winter steelhead raised in Douglas County near the end of a long journey home.

The hatchery steelhead swim up the fish ladder on Canyon Creek, where they are held in a trap. Volunteers net them and then transfer this important natural resource to a 200-gallon recirculating tank secured in a truck.

They move the fish from Canyonville to the Rock Creek Hatchery on the North Umpqua River near Idleyld Park. The fish are spawned, and the resulting eggs are incubated. These young descendants grow here until they are one-year-old smolts.

Then, the next phase of their life cycle begins.
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R&E Funding Helps Repair Fish Hatcheries Throughout Oregon

2864482528_fc8642e901_zAt Wizard Falls Hatchery in Camp Sherman, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife incubates and raises brook, cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as kokanee to fill popular fishing lakes and ponds throughout Central Oregon.

The hatchery’s efforts provide a fishery for those campers and day-use anglers who want to catch their next meal or teach their kids a favorite pastime.

Yet, the older age of the infrastructure was making it more difficult to provide fish and to do so efficiently, said ODFW Fish Propagation Program Manager Scott Patterson.
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Descending devices keep fisheries robust

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It’s good resource stewardship, when releasing bottomfish and halibut, to descend them to a deeper depth so they can survive.

Now, it’s also a requirement meant to keep the fishery robust.

A new Oregon Administrative Rule began on Jan. 1 for bottomfish and will start for halibut on May 1, when the season opens. It requires that recreational anglers have a descending device on board for ocean fishing, and that they use it.
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Eastern Oregon Fishing Access Improvements

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other organizations throughout the state, continue to improve boating and angling in Oregon lakes, rivers and streams. Here are a few highlights of recent and ongoing improvements in the Eastern part of the state:

Deschutes Watershed District
Camp Sherman – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is creating a new pond in Camp Sherman at a former fish hatchery site. It will be a half-acre in size and stocked with rainbow trout, said STEP Biologist Jen Luke. Planned improvements include a parking lot, fencing and a restroom. The pond, which should open about spring 2018, will be designated as a fishing site for youths 17 and younger. It will be open from late May through Oct. 1 each year. ODFW will use the site in winter to acclimate young salmon.
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STEP Volunteers provide over $2M in annual economic impact

STEP ReportAcross Oregon and throughout the year, Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program volunteers helped one of our state’s most important natural resources thrive.

STEP volunteers have a tremendous economic impact, with their efforts provide an equivalent of $2,261,000 each year. From October 2015 through September 2016, nearly 4,000 adults and 1,062 young volunteers contributed to STEP and helped the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reach its fish management goals. Continue Reading →

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