(OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE PRESS RELEASE)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10 in Manzanita to highlight volunteer opportunities in the Nehalem Basin.
The meeting will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Pine Grove Community Center at 225 Laneda Ave., Manzanita. ODFW biologists will outline several volunteer opportunities available through the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP), including habitat restoration, conducting surveys and fish propagation.
“The STEP program is a chance for the public to become more involved in improving fish populations and habitat in the Nehalem Basin,” said Chris Knutsen, ODFW fish biologist. “We really want to talk to folks who are interested in enhancing fish runs and fisheries in the Basin, and have time or ideas to contribute.”
Recognizing that volunteers could play in important role in the restoration of native stocks of trout and salmon, the Oregon Legislature created the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program in 1981. Since then volunteers have donated thousands of hours to habitat restoration, collecting survey data, conducting educational programs and rearing millions of salmon and trout eggs.
For more information about STEP and the upcoming public meeting, contact Chris Knutsen at (503) 842-2741.