If you’re an avid Oregon angler and want to get more involved in the preservation and enhancement of the local salmon and trout populations, you definitely don’t want to leave the state during March.
According to a recent press release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) will be meeting a number of times next month to share and discuss STEP activities, projects, grant applications, conservation efforts, and many other things important to the advancement of these native fish species.
The first meeting will take place on Friday, March 25, from 8 AM to 5 PM at the ODFW North Coast Watershed District Office (4907 Third Street, Tillamook, OR 97141). This meeting is open to the public, and STEP officials encourage any fishing enthusiasts to come share their questions, comments, and concerns. The meeting will also cover two proposals to renew STEP propagation programs at Astoria and Warrenton High Schools.
If that just ain’t enough STEP for you, the biennial STEP conference is also being held that weekend. “Teach Today, Fish Tomorrow”, the 2011 STEP Conference, will take on March 26 from 8 AM to 8 PM in Rockaway Beach. According to the STEP website, the conference “is intended to provide a forum for STEP volunteers from around the state to get together and discuss activities and share ideas”. The conference will also touch on volunteer opportunities and resources, appropriate fishing equipment and fishing tools, and various types of government funding for volunteer programs.
For more information on either of these STEP opportunities, visit the ODFW website.