Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oregon Rep proposeses Wild and Scenic designation for Molalla River

Oregon Representative Kurt Schrader has proposed a bill the would designate the Molalla a Wild and Scenic River, one of the last major strongholds of wild salmon and winter steelhead in the Willamette system. With the curtailment of hatchery outplanting on the system wild populations have made a nice recovery in recent years and the Wild and Scenic designation is sure to help. Officially the designation means that the federal government is acknowledging the outstanding cultural value of the fish, recreational opportunity, and natural beauty of the system and the law will protect the river and the surrounding environs in perpetuity. See the coverage in the Oregonian.

Also see Bill Bakkes 2008 article on Steelhead in the Molalla in the Osprey Archives.

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