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.

Upper Rogue applicants should be residents of the Upper Rogue STEP District, which primarily includes Jackson and Josephine Counties. The major stream basins in this area include the Upper Illinois, Applegate and Rogue rivers (upstream from the confluence with Mule Creek to the headwaters near Crater Lake).

North Coast candidates will be residents of the North Coast STEP District, which primarily includes Tillamook, Clatsop and the western portion of Columbia Counties. The major streams in this area include the lower Columbia River and tributaries from the mouth up to Plympton Creek (Westport), the Klaskanine, Youngs, Lewis and Clark, Necanicum, Nehalem, Kilchis, Wilson, Trask, Tillamook and Nestucca rivers.

New members will join those from other Oregon regions on the 13-member advisory committee. They are appointed by the governor. The committee meets quarterly to conduct STEP business around the state and advise ODFW and the Fish and Wildlife Commission on STEP issues. STEP was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1981 to provide a way for volunteers to participate in the restoration of native stocks of salmon, steelhead and trout.

Though committee members are volunteers, business-related expenses are reimbursed. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by June 2, 2017.

For application materials, visit the “How to Apply” section on http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx
Information on STAC and STEP can be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/STEP or by contacting Kevin Herkamp, ODFW Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Coordinator, at (503) 947-6232 or kevin.herkamp@state.or.us.

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