We’re one month into the new year, and there is a lot in the works here at Steelheaders. As we move into the spring, we’ll be preparing for our tried and true, favorite programs and kicking off some new ones. This spring is going to be a wonderful time where we can put our boots on the ground to inspire the next generation of anglers.
In our Annual Report below, you can look back on the work we accomplished last year and see just how far we’ve come as a community. We’re excited to take on the obstacles that lie ahead. Soon, things will open up and we will be able to get together not only for volunteer opportunities but in-person fishing events too.
Lastly, we would like to ask that you please forward this newsletter to one of your fishing buddies that may not know about the Northwest Steelheaders. Every person we can reach is a chance to have a greater positive impact on fish, their habitat, and the recreational angling community.
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We’re so proud of the Northwest Steelheaders’ growth in 2020! We were able to meet in person for some of our favorite programs, introduce new opportunities, and expand our advocacy efforts. Read our annual report below to see all we’ve accomplished this year.
Sending more than 2,400 emails to legislators on issues ranging from Snake River Restoration to group fishing licenses for veterans, the angling community made their voices heard. Our volunteers put in hours of hands-on work to expand angling opportunities, restore habitat, and educate the next generation of conservation-minded anglers.
We’ve come a long way and we continue making progress, but our work is not finished yet. Help us restore salmon and steelhead populations throughout the region to protect angling opportunities, river-dependent businesses and communities.
Out fisheries and conservation efforts have been receiving less support from small donations as the economic impacts of Covid-19 linger. Please, if you can't afford to donate this season, spread the word about our cause by forwarding this email or starting your own Facebook Fundraiser (it's super quick and easy to do).
Oregon’s legislative short session starts today! There are a few proposed bills relating directly to native fish and their habitat. For a brief summary of them, visit our most recent blog post. We’ll be updating the page as necessary throughout the 35-day session to keep you informed on what's happening and when you can take action.
If you have questions or concerns about any proposed legislation, we encourage you to reach out to your legislators directly. Oftentimes, they will know in real-time what developments there are on the bills you care about. It's important to contact your legislators so they know how the angling community feels about the legislation they’re working to pass.
Stay informed about what's happening at the Oregon legislature by following updates on our blog.
Zoom Chapter Meetings
A few chapters have resumed Monthly Chapter Meetings via Zoom, and we hope to get everyone online as soon as possible! To get the Zoom link to access a meeting, please visit our Events Calendar. If you're having trouble setting up Zoom but would like to join a meeting, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Mid-Valley Chapter - Wednesday, February 5 @ 7 pm
- Columbia River Chapter - Wednesday, February 12 @ 6:30 pm
- Tualatin Chapter - Thursday, February 13 @ 7 pm.