From the Council Chair –
Its a challenging time for fish and habitat in Oregon.
Many factors continue to put pressure on the fish we love and their habitat: Climate change, public lands use and threat of transfer or sale, water use and land use practices that are not as fish-friendly as the fish need them to be.
Trout Unlimited in Oregon continues to build a reputation of being a positive steady influence on fish habitat and conservation in our state. The State Council has put in many hours in Salem advocating for fish-friendly stream use. The issues of biggest concern revolve around responsible suction dredge mining rules, use of biocides in Oregon forests and in-stream flows for fish. OCTU will continue to work on these issues with the legislature and responsible state agencies for best practices and science-based solutions. The Oregon Council does this advocacy work with all volunteers. We do get support from TU paid staff in Oregon. Tom Wolf is a constant presence in Salem covering legislative sessions and key commission meetings. We do not employ paid lobbyists in Salem.
The core TU mission of Restore, Reconnect, Protect and Sustain remains strong. You’ll read about all of the project efforts coordinated by our chapters in the following pages. In addition, the Council supports more regional projects like the Salmon SuperHwy on the North Oregon Coast where we are working to open 170 miles of habitat for all five species of salmon and steelhead there.
This great habitat work is all because of the fantastic grass roots efforts from the local chapters across the state. As I write this, we are kicking off a new chapter in Klamath Falls, which brings us to eight chapters in Oregon. The grass roots support for TU in Oregon is already amazing, but stay tuned for more opportunities to work on projects and contact your local legislators on key issues in the upcoming legislative session.
Of course, all this great work takes funding. We appreciate all of our TU members in Oregon, regardless of your level of participation. Youll find a donation envelope in this annual report and we encourage you to donate to the Council. We use these funds for support of local chapters and regional projects across the state. If you donate to the Council, all of the funds stay in Oregon, supporting state and local projects.
Happy fishing and hope to see you at a chapter project this year.
Terry Turner – Council Chair