Tim Lenihan, a combat veteran and dedicated Northwest Steelheaders member, testified in front of the Senate Veterans Committee to propose a draft bill (LC 55) that would benefit Oregon hunters and anglers by reducing the financial burden of licensing on disadvantaged groups. Group licenses would be granted by ODFW to organizations providing support to veterans, active service members, underprivileged and at-risk youth, and those that are hospitalized or have disabilities, among others. Lenihan’s goal in introducing this bill is to reduce barriers to outdoor recreation for those who need it most. Many are unable to afford licenses required for fish-alongs and other events, especially those that are not Oregon residents. This burden inevitably leads to a lack of continued participation as individuals choose to buy just a one-day license or opt out altogether. “Those who would be best served by the opportunities of a free group license are oftentimes the very individuals experiencing financial hardships and other stressors identified as causes of veteran suicide,” Lenihan said in his testimony to the Veterans Committee. “I have personally experienced several occasions where these events were credited with saving the lives of the individuals.”
Along with several spiffy new aluminum fishing platforms and a trail around the lake perimeter, the 1-plus-mile paths from the parking lot for the pond “have been widened and smoothed out with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) gravel, so it’s more of an easy transition,” said Shawn Woods, the area manager. “I remember it used to be like a fight for survival out here, fighting the bushes and stuff,” Hubbard laughed. That’s also how he remembers it, said George Larson, the vice president and volunteer coordinator for the Mid-Valley Chapter of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, based in Albany. The contractor for the project, Mid-Valley Excavation in Sublimity, put in the major features, and volunteers from the Mid-Valley Steelheaders put in lots of hours on the finishing work. “We’ve done a whole bunch of the new features,” Larson said, including installing the side railings on the fishing platforms and mounting the seats on the benches on the new trail encircling the pond after the supports were set. Club members also put down underwater weed mats and erected a new information kiosk at a site near the new bridge close to the end of the trail. “I think it’s going to open up a whole lot of access,” Larson said.
Steelheaders Deliver Rainbow Trout Eggs to Classrooms
Our Fish Eggs to Fry program wouldn't be possible without our dedicated volunteers, who went to over 20 schools to deliver 4,600 eggs and present on the rainbow trout's lifecycle this month.
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Hatchery Update from Emerald Empire Chapter
Out at our hatchery on Letz Creek, some early returning steelhead are starting to show up. We are getting ready to begin collecting eggs for spawning and fill the incubation troughs with another brood of winter steelhead. Last year’s brood in the pond are growing and developing very nicely, tracking for their release around the first of April.
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