Wildfires raging through Oregon leveled Rock Creek hatchery and severely damaged Klamath and Leaburg hatcheries. While ODFW staff were able to release or transfer millions of fish, hundreds of thousands perished. To minimize the impact of hatchery damage on our fishing seasons, Northwest Steelheaders is raising money for ODFW hatchery recovery projects. As ODFW transitions from emergency response to recovery planning, it is important that they have access to the funds they will need in order to get these facilities back up and running.
When you contribute to our Oregon Hatchery Recovery Fund, you’re taking a direct and meaningful action to preserve sportfishing. Proceeds will support the recovery of Rock Creek, Klamath, and Leaburg hatcheries.
Hatcheries are essential for maintaining recreational angling opportunities throughout the region. If we all come together as a community to support Oregon’s hatchery operations, we can help ensure that our children and grandchildren will one day experience the unique thrill of pursuing salmon and steelhead in the northwest.
Salmon and steelhead returns were dismal prior to this disaster. Hatcheries were already losing funding. Now, we have an opportunity to build resilient infrastructure to not only replace, but improve what we’ve lost. We must channel our feeling of loss into collective action. As so many projects in our community need funding right now in the wake of the wildfires and COVID-19, we hope that you will consider giving whatever you can to help us rebuild the facilities that support salmon and steelhead sportfishing.
Please donate today to invest in the future of fishing. Every penny counts!