Dear supporter,

Coming up later this April is the Mid-Valley chapter's swap meet on May 7th, head over to our website for details on its location and how to get involved, as well as the other events coming up in the next few months.

We would also like to remind you all that we have discontinued sending out print newsletters and membership cards as we do not have the personnel to sustain the demands of shipping. If you know of any members who are not receiving our e-newsletters, please let them know to contact our Operations Manager, Tamsin Fleming, at or so we can ensure we have up-to-date contact information.

Thank you all for your continued dedication to angling opportunities,

All of us at Northwest Steelheaders


Submit Public Comment to Protect the Tillamook Rainforest

The draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) from the Oregon Department of Forestry would protect roughly half of state lands in the Tillamook Rainforest for the next 70 years. This plan is a vast improvement over previous plans as it balances industry and conservation priorities with an ongoing emphasis on reducing clearcuts of valuable habitats. However, we need to make sure we combat special interests aiming to increase logging in the Tillamook Rainforest. 

Can you tell NOAA, the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of salmon and steelhead, to protect fish and wildlife on Oregon’s public lands? Let them know you support meaningful habitat conservation with mutual benefits for clean drinking water, climate stabilization, and outdoor recreation, and reject any alternatives calling for more clearcutting of the forest.

Ask NOAA to support meaningful conservation efforts at the link below!


Attend the Totem Journey Event on May 10th

We're excited to announce that there is an opportunity for Steelheaders to gather together for the Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey at Ecotrust (831 SE Salmon St.) in Portland on May 10th from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The 2022 totem journey hosted by Se’Si’Le (saw-see-lah) and numerous Tribes and organizations builds upon and strengthens the growing indigenous-led environmental movement across the Pacific Northwest. The journey aims to inspire, inform, and engage Pacific Northwest communities through cross-cultural collaboration in support of the indigenous-led movement to remove the Snake River dams and restore to health the Snake River salmon runs. 

The University of Oregon is welcoming the Totem Pole Journey to its campus for a series of events in support of the Indigenous-led movement to remove the Snake River dams and restore salmon in the region from Wednesday, May 4th through Sunday, May 8th.

We would like to ask for your time in helping the events with setup and takedown assistance. Multiple spots are still available throughout the four-day event! Sign up here.


Oregon Shores Launches Eelgrass Project

Our estuaries are critical habitats for salmon and steelhead, and eelgrass is a major component of these ecosystems. Preserving and restoring the remaining eelgrass habitat in our estuaries is important for helping our endangered salmonid species. Oregon Shores, with the help of their partners, has developed a “primer” on eelgrass to give background on the nature of eelgrass and a guide for citizens to get involved in protecting it. 

This guide is relevant now more than ever, as the Oregon Coastal Management Program gears up to review the Estuary Management Plans (EMPs) along the Oregon coast. Today, all that we've learned about both estuarine ecology and the impacts of climate change need to be taken into consideration. 

Visit the link below to learn about how the revised Yaquina Bay Management Plan will lead to a process for reviewing and revising other estuary's management plans. 


Steelheaders Success: Gales Creek Dam Removal

The Balm Grove Dam is going to be removed from Gales Creek, opening 35 miles of new spawning habitat for steelhead, salmon, and trout. This is incredibly exciting as the Steelheaders have been vocal in support of removing the dam in order to aid the recovery of our ailing fish populations. While Gales Creek is important for coho salmon, cutthroat, and lamprey, it's the only part of the Tualatin Valley watershed that is acknowledged as critical habitat for winter steelhead. Read the article below to learn more about the history of the Balm Grove Dam and its removal.


Chapter Meetings

A few chapters have resumed Monthly Chapter Meetings in-person, and we hope to get everyone meeting as soon as possible! To get more detailed meeting information please visit our Events Calendar. If you're having trouble finding a meeting you can attend, please reach out to us at and we'll help you out. As always, Chapter Meetings are free and open to the public. If you're new to Northwest Steelheaders, attending a meeting is a great first step to getting more involved with your local fishing community. 

Upcoming Meetings

  • Emerald Empire Chapter - Tuesday, May 3 @ 7 pm
  • Sandy River Chapter - Wednesday, May 4 @ 6:30 pm
  • Mid-Valley Chapter - Wednesday, May 4 @ 7 pm
  • Columbia River Chapter - Wednesday, May 11 @ 6:30 pm
  • Tualatin Valley Chapter - Thursday, May 12 @ 7 pm
  • Tom McCall Chapter - Wednesday, May 18 @ 11:30 am
  • Salem Chapter - Wednesday, May 18 @ 7 pm

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