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Meet the Bio: Ryan Battleson

Ryan Battleson

Ryan Battleson, STEP’s Upper Rogue District biologist, has experience working the entire Rogue watershed, with stints in ODWF’s Gold Beach office and as a crew leader for Lower Rogue steelhead before taking his current position. His district is comprised of the upper Rogue basin east to Crater Lake and from the Cascade Range to the highest reaches of the coast range to the west.

In addition to survey work (see the lead story in this issue), Battleson works with government agencies and fishing club presidents as a member of the area watershed council, coordinates a spring salmon eggs-to-fry program for about 20 area schools, manages small riparian restoration projects, and works hand-in-hand with small stream urban landowners to increase habitat.

“This district is somewhat unique because we don’t have any large STEP hatcheries, as we sit in a highly populated area centered in the Rogue watershed. That makes the needs of the district different than most,” Battleson noted.

Did You know:

STEP volunteers improved more than 650 miles of waterways for fish last year alone through fish passage, riparian and fish carcass placement projects, and the Keep Oregon Rivers Clean (KORC) program. Get involved!

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Meet the Bio: Evan Leonetti

Evan LeonettiEvan Leonetti started his career in Douglas County in 2005 after getting his degree in fisheries and wildlife at OSU. Today his career has come full circle as STEP’s newest biologist, covering the Umpqua region, which runs from Diamond Lake in the Cascades to Reedsport and Gardner on the coast.

“It’s a large, diverse area. One day I might be on the coast coordinating winter steelhead broodstock with local guides. The next I could be high the Cascades on a horse stocking rainbow trout in a remote Douglas County lake. Later on in that week, I might be working with local guides to conduct floating adult spawning surveys,” said Leonetti.

And when he’s not in the field, you’ll likely find Leonetti in a classroom teaching young children about trout through the egg-to-fry program. He provides eggs for 33 classrooms in his district.

Leonetti’s goal is “to expand beyond production projects, by focusing on more restoration in the future.”

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Treating Northeast Oregon Ponds with Rotenone

RotenoneWhen people release illegal fish ­­– goldfish, crappie, bass and bullheads – into lakes or streams, they reduce the survival rates and growth of stocked trout. This was the case with several bodies of water in northeastern Oregon including Balm Creek Reservoir, Kinney Lake, and ponds called Lugar, Boundary, Keyhole, Yellowjacket, Granite Meadows, and Goldfish. Continue Reading →

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