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Western Rivers Conservancy:
A Recipe for Protecting Critical Watersheds
January, 2017
Next Chapter Meeting

Tuesday January 9
6:00-7:00 pm, No Host Eats & Drinks
7:00-9:00 pm, Speaker Presentation

High Rocks Restaurant
915 E. Arlington, Gladstone, OR

Meetings are free to attend and everyone is welcome. Bring a friend and have a chance at some great raffle items!

Jim Cox

“Sometimes To Save A River You Have To Buy It.”

The presentation will focus on how WRC purchases riverlands across the West to protect and conserve vital river ecosystems and to provide compatible public access.

Western Rivers Conservancy

Protecting critical watersheds throughout the west.

Jim Cox, Director of Donor Relations for Western Rivers Conservancywill make a presentation entitled “Sometimes To Save A River You Have To Buy It.” WRC has been working to conserve and protect lands on more than 60 rivers in eight western states. The presentation will focus on how WRC purchases riverlands across the West to protect and conserve vital river ecosystems and to provide compatible public access. The program will include updates and information on new projects since Jim’s last presentation to the Chapter including the Chehalis River in Washington State; the Upper Rio Grande and its tributaries in Colorado; the Upper Salmon River and its tributaries in Idaho, the Little Sur, and South Fork Scott River in California, and the John Day, North Umpqua, and West Fork Hood in Oregon.

Jim joined Western Rivers Conservancy as Director of Donor Relations in 2011. He has spent more than 30 years working professionally in the nonprofit sector. Jim is a past steering committee co-chair of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and is an active member of the Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable. He is a member of numerous conservation organizations including Trout Unlimited, Flyfishers Club of Oregon, FFI, the Native Fish Society, and The Freshwater Trust among others. Jim holds a Bachelor of Theatre Degree from Willamette University. In his free time, you can find him fly fishing and hiking along the outstanding rivers of the West.

Future Chapter Meetings:

Jan 9, Jim Cox, Western Rivers Conservancy

Feb 13, Dick Sagara, Temple Fork Outfitters

Mar 13, Kaitlin Lovell, Creating Salmon Sanctuaries

Apr 10, Rob Crandall, Water Time Outfitters

May 8, Jason Osborn Trout fishing SW Wash.
Projects and Volunteer Opportunities

Barton Work Party

Join Clackamas River Basin Council on January 6 for the first workday in 2018! (Unless you are volunteering for Christmas Tree collection below)
Barton Work Party Details Here

Christmas for Coho Tree Collection coming in January

CRTU will support the Christmas for Coho Tree collection effort again this year. Mark your calendars for the first 2 weekends in January for staffing collection sites.

If you are interested in volunteering for tree collection, contact
Mike Gentry

Steelhead Survey Teams forming for redd counts on Eagle Creek

CRTU will again work with Oregon Fish and Wildlife to survey a section of Eagle Creek this year. If you want to help with counting redds and spotting fish contact David Tenney. Surveys start in January and starting dates are TBD after confirming with ODFW.

The Following Businesses have Supported our Chapter and the Oregon Council of TU. Please support them with your business.

NW Fly Fishing Outfitters

Royal Treatment Fly Fishing

River City Fly Shop

Pelican Brewing

Oregon Council Submits an Editorial on Supporting Cascade-Siskiyou Monument
When the current administration announced reduction of 2 National Monuments in the west (Bears Ears and Grande Staircase Escalante) The Oregon Council Advocacy Committee felt it was important to support the Cascade Siskiyou NM. You can read the text of the Editorial here.

Trout Unlimited at the Sportsmans's Show

The Oregon Council will have a booth again at the Portland Sportsman's Show at the Expo Center February 7-11. If you volunteer for a shift in the booth, you get free admission! Contact David Tenney for more information.

Issue Watch:

Key Happenings on the Fish Conservation Front
Oregon Legislative "Short" Session Begins in February.

Oregon's 2018 Legislature meets in the short session this year from February 5 through March 9th.

The OCTU Advocacy committee is already working on TU priorities for this session. While no new legislation is typically introduced, there is always opportunity to improve current bills and prevent bad things from being inserted into legislation in process. We will keep you informed on opportunities to contact your legislators.
As anglers and conservationists, we have seen a renewed appetite for exploiting public lands for energy development and extraction. Please take the opportunity to let your senators and congressional representatives know how you feel about keeping public lands in public hands!
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