It was also an excuse to take some out-of-town volunteers on a McKenzie River run — Blue River to Rennies Landing. FYI: This is probably a better run to do in the morning.
Running into the sun in low water, you wouldn’t see drops and rocks until you were right on top of them, just about swamping the drift boat. Lots of gray drakes and a few October Caddis coming off. We landed a bunch of stockers and I probably lost one giant wild fish.
We also managed to get a bunch of signatures regarding our opposition to the WOPR. TU 678 Conservation Officer Karl Mueller wrote up the following statement regarding the Chapter’s pledge for ongoing efforts to defeat this devastating proposal.
What is the WOPR? The Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) is the BLM’s recent attempt to brush aside the protections afforded old-growth and riparian vegetation by the Northwest Forest Plan on 206 million acres of public land managed by the BLM in Western Oregon. This plan will increase average timber harvest on these lands from approximately 105 million board feet to over 705 million board feet of timber per year, representing an increase of almost 700%! The collaborative effort that resulted in the Northwest Forest Plan allowed for a harvest of 205 million board feet per year from these lands and set aside old-growth and riparian reserves. The WOPR will scrap these protections, converting 200 square miles of mature and old growth forest to monoculture tree farms.
The BLM admits the WOPR will harm salmon! At a time when Oregonians largely favor old-growth protection, the BLM has released a plan that will compromise salmon habitat, water quality and recreation values in favor of logging some of the last remnants of our once vast old-growth forest on public land!
A better way forward. TU 678 supports responsible timber harvest on previously logged public forestlands – many of which are now overgrown and in need of thinning. These forests can provide wood to local mills while actually improving conditions for fish and wildlife while keeping saws out of old-growth forests. No old growth is currently logged in the Siuslaw National Forest yet the forest turns out huge volumes of timber, salmon runs are improving. This is the way forward.