Organizers of an annual Christmas tree recycling event that places the yuletide decorations along Oregon’s Yaquina River for fish habitat have had to cancel it to prevent the possible spread of an invasive pest.
USED CHRISTMAS TREES HEAD DOWN THE DOCK TO A NEW PURPOSE IN A PAST YEAR’S RECYCLING EVENT. (U-DA-MAN)
“Some retailers in the Willamette Valley and other locations purchased Christmas trees from North Carolina this year that have been feared to be infected with the elongate hemlock scale parasite or its eggs,” explained Tom Simpson, secretary of the U Da Man Fishing Tournament.
The scheduled March 2 habitat project would have been the local group’s sixth annual “Coho Ho.”
The trees are placed on otherwise barren banks in tidewater to give outmigrating salmon refuge from predators.
“After researching the problem and hearing concerns from the Oregon Department of Forestry, the local watershed council, ODFW and others, our local group made the decision to cancel
this years project as we are unable to determine where and from what retailer the donated Christmas trees came from,” Simpson said.
He said his organization didn’t want to risk the coastal river’s habitat if the insect were to spread to the watershed’s conifers.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT
On Saturday, 04-21-2018, the U DA MAN (UDM) Fishing Tournament, in conjunction with Oregon SOLVE, performed a second clean up of the Yaquina River from the Port of Newport to the Port of Toledo.
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A total of 35 volunteers worked from six boats and on foot to reach areas along an approximate 12 mile stretch of the river.
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Five volunteer boats shuffled volunteers to areas not accessible from the roadways, while other volunteers on foot worked to clean up the banks adjacent to the roads.
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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office provided two marine deputies with a boat to act as our safety boat this year and the deputies also shuttled volunteers to locations where more help was needed.
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An estimated 5000 lbs of trash was collected in about a six hour period.
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The UDM group was assisted by volunteers from the Longview Hills Fishing Club, Newport High School Leadership Class, Angell Job Corp, Central Oregon Fly Fishers Club and the Oregon Hunters Association with additional generous support from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Newport’s Thriftway JC Market. This is a recognized STEP project by ODFW.
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UDM would like to thank our sponsors, Dahl Disposal of Toledo, the Ports of Newport and Toledo and Englund Marine and Industrial Supply in Newport.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT ORGANIZERS
The U Da Man Fishing Tournament group announces the second annual Port to Port Yaquina River Clean Up on Saturday, April 21st, 9AM to 3PM.
VOLUNTEERS POSE WITH TRASH CLEANED OFF THE BANKS OF THE LOWER YAQUINA RIVER LAST SPRING. (U DA MAN)
In conjunction with Oregon SOLVE, the U Da Man volunteer group will work from the Port of Toledo airport boat ramp on the South Bay Road. Some volunteers will be shuttled by boat to sections of the river banks that are only accessible from the water. Other volunteers will pick up trash along both the sides of the river from the adjoining roadways. Last year, volunteers collected an estimated 3500 lbs of trash. Volunteers should dress accordingly for the weather, provide their own work gloves and lunches.
Volunteers will meet at 9 AM on Saturday April 21st at the Toledo airport boat ramp. If you would like to volunteer operation of your boat or work on foot, please contact Barb Dudley at (541) 272-7375 or Tom Simpson at (541) 351-0666.
This project is sponsored by the Ports of Toledo and Newport, Dahl Disposal, Englund Marine Supply & Longview Hills Fishing Club.
Organizers of a Yaquina Bay fishing derby will collect litter along the bay’s banks between Newport and Toledo next month, and are looking for boats and drivers to help access the shores.
The first-ever Port to Port River Clean-up is coming April 22, part of the U Da Man Fishing Tournament group’s efforts to improve habitat along the Yaquina River.
Tom Simpson, its secretary, says it’s the first organized clean-up of the river in years.
ORGANIZERS OF A CLEAN-UP OF THE BANKS OF THE LOWER YAQUINA RIVER IN LATE APRIL ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WITH BOATS TO FERRY LITTER PICKERS TO SPOTS INACCESSIBLE FROM ROADWAYS. THIS PICTURE SHOWS U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT CREWS PLACING CHRISTMAS TREES FURTHER UPSTREAM, PART OF THE GROUP’S EFFORTS TO ENHANCE AND CLEAN SALMON HABITAT ON THE CENTRAL COAST SYSTEM. (U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT)
It will be held in conjunction with other such events held around Oregon on Earth Day, with assistance from SOLVE, both port districts, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Longview Hills Fishing Club, Dahl’s Disposal and Englund Marine.
Earlier this month, U Da Man volunteers placed used Christmas trees in the Yaquina further upstream to provide habitat for Chinook and coho smolts.
According to a press from release Simpson, those who have a boat and would like to help out are being asked to contact Steve Barham (541-563-3686; email@example.com) for more info.
For more on meeting points, hours and other details, see the SOLVE webpage for the event.