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.

Their accomplishments were in four primary categories – education and program development, inventory and monitoring, habitat improvement and fish culture.

Achievements for 2015-16 included rearing or releasing 4.2 million salmon, steelhead and trout; improving 523 miles of waterways; investing 9,250 hours in surveying habitats, assessing sport fisheries and conducting fish passage inspections; and making it possible for 57,500 people to participate in education efforts, including the classroom Fish Eggs to Fry program.

Find the full version of the most recent STEP annual report at www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/step under the “Annual Progress Reports” heading.

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