Yeah, we live in Washington, but Oregon has our heart. Which is why we're keep our fingers on the pulse of this.
Please help make the legislators aware of Common Waters of Oregon and let them know we would like to review any bills that involve public river rights.
If you could send a note to Senator Bates and to Senator Atkinson asking them to get any information on river rights bills to us, we would greatly appreciate it.
The Western Oregon Plan Revision is the BLM’s attempt to ramp up logging and dramatically reduce riparian protections on 2.6 million acres of land in the western part of the state managed by that agency. The timber industry asserted in a lawsuit that the Northwest Forest Plan cannot apply to Oregon BLM lands, most of which were acquired through the Oregon and California Railroad Act. Instead of defending itself, the agency rolled over and scrapped the Northwest Forest Plan in favor of the WOPR. MORE ON THIS AT OREGON FLY FISHING BLOG
Dear Governor Kulongoski:
I am writing you as an angler to express my concern about the Western Oregon Plan Revision. The BLM’s plan to reduce riparian reserves on fish bearing streams and eliminate the Aquatic Conservation Strategy is unacceptable. The WOPR is certain to harm our already struggling populations of salmon and steelhead.
Resource production is an important use of public land; however, the BLM is also an important partner in restoring our salmon and steelhead populations. As such it is critical that they follow the sound, scientifically based standards of the Northwest Forest Plan. They have not. The BLM’s proposal does not do enough to protect or restore beleaguered salmon and steelhead populations.
Angling for salmon and steelhead occupies a special place in northwest culture and the fish must be protected. Thank you for your consideration of my comments.
(Your name here)
In 252 days, Seth, Parker, Chris, and Benjamin start their journey. They're peddaling for awareness and to garner support for protecting the Bristol Bay Watershed. And, from Prudhoe Bay to Tierra Del Fuego, it's gonna be one long ass journey. LEARN MORE
The monomaster is a new tool for collecting and storing waste monofilament
while on the water. It avoids problems of cluttered pockets and tangles and
keeps the waste secure so it doesn't fall out into the water. LINK
The contest is open to all public, private and home school students in the United States in grades K-12. Grade categories: K—4, 5—8 and 9—12. Via ilovesalmon.org LINK
How many times a year can you paddle a river and do good for the world at the same time? Where else can you treasure hunt for discarded lawn chairs and end up with keys to a BMW, or that mis-matched pair of flip-flops you’ve always wanted? And how many times can you remember sitting in an eddy when a scuba diver pops up next to you clutching a garbage bag plump with aluminum cans with a smile on his face?
We can’t think of too many experiences in life quite like this one… CLACKAMAS RIVER CLEAN UP
If you've not seen it yet, do so. In HD, the Discovery Chanel's Series: Planet Earth is the next best socially acceptable thing to a Peter North montage. I've had HD for two years now and can't believe I've waited this long before watching this series. On Sunday, April 8th, Discovery will unveil its Shallow Seas episode. Set your Tivo. You won't be disappointed.
...join forces to protect the Bristol Bay watershed from industrial mineral development. VIA Flyfish.com LINK
And I thought our Pacific Northwest rain was a bummer. VIA Great Yarmouth Mercury LINK
Citing new safety assurances, the Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its objections to a plan to treat and dispose of chemical weapon wastewater at a DuPont Co. plant along the Delaware River
Via CNN LINK
Greenpeace activists will shift their focus to protest against pirate fishing off Africa's west coast following two months battling Japanese whalers, the group said on Wednesday. LINK
Our pharmaceutical drugs are turning up in the environment and in animals.
VIA Discover LINK
Big news here in the Pacific NW.
The outcry from anglers regarding the blatant over fishing by the Makah tribe and how WDOFW allowed it to happen has gotten the attention of some of the state's politicians.
The Makah are also the tribe pushing for annual whaling permits and who were in the news back in 1999 for hunting a Grey Whale.
The ancestral heritage argument for whaling and fishing rights pale in the ancestral glow of casinos, firework stands and tax free smoke shops.
One of our goals is to highlight the assault on endangered fish populations and their habitat. We will also highlight the network of groups that do the heavy lifting when it comes to preserving that habitat and those vulnerable fish. If you're a fisherman and your level of environmental activism ends at your TU membership card you should dedicate some fishing time getting involved in preserving what remains of endangered fisheries.
San Francisco - Legal fights over water in the West are as common as summer rains are rare. But a flurry of cases in California is attracting intense attention from scholars and state officials who see them as an extraordinary assault by agricultural interests on protections for endangered fish and other wildlife.