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Salmon netFocus on man’s reintroduction of fish

Hatchery populations of spring chinook salmon in the subbasins of the upper Willamette River are genetically similar to the wild populations in these basins and should continue to be used for recovery of spring chinook salmon.
That’s the conclusion of a study published in July by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers. The research had been identified as high priority by the 2008 Willamette Project biological opinion. Spring chinook salmon of the upper Willamette River basin were first listed in 1999 as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, a label that had been reaffirmed in 2005 and again in 2010.

LRAPA logoThe backyard burning ban has been extended until October 15th, 2014 with provision for additional delays until further notice. With the extended dry and hot conditions the Lane County area has experienced, it has continued to keep fire danger levels in the “High” to “Extreme” ranges.

Chuck TannenbaumLEABURG: “At present one could consider the river as essentially at the beginning of becoming a used car junk yard,” was the way Walterville resident Chuck Tannenbaum summed up his feelings. He was testifying about concerns regarding a Kia sedan that hasn’t been retrieved since it entered the water and sank after being involved in an auto accident last May.
Tannenbaum wasn’t alone in telling the Eugene Water & Electric Board commissioners how he felt about the situation when they met in Leaburg on September 9th.

SAlmon Watch studentsLEABURG: The Salmon Stewards of Lane County and the McKenzie Watershed Council will celebrate the return of salmon to northwest rivers at the inaugural Salmon Celebration on the McKenzie River from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 20th. The event will feature education, art, and entertainment for all ages.

Megan Ryan, the 28 year old female who was reported missing on September 13th, was located this morning by private contractors off Road 19 near Cougar Reservoir.  The contractors were working on a spur road off Road 19, also known as Aufderheide Drive. 

Megan RyanBLUE RIVER: Megan Ryan, a 28-year-old woman reported missing on September 13th, was located Tuesday morning by private contractors off USFS Road 19 near Cougar Reservoir.  The contractors had been working on a spur road off Road 19, also known as Aufderheide Drive.
Searchers had been looking for her after receiving a missing person report at approximately 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Industrial Fire Precaution Level also increases

Due to increased fire danger levels, the Willamette National Forest will initiate the following public use restrictions, effective Thursday, September 11:
Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, or campfire, including a charcoal fire, except in campfire rings at posted, developed and designated recreation areas (see list below) and in Wilderness areas. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuel are still permissible in dispersed areas.

Industrial Fire Precaution Level Increases on the Willamette National Forest
Due to increased fire danger levels, the Willamette National Forest is increasing the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) to a three, effective 12:01 am on Thursday, September 11.
The IFPL applies to permitted and industrial operations, including woodcutting, on federal lands. IFPL III is considered a “partial shutdown.” Under a level III, the following activities are prohibited, except as indicated:

Parade entryWALTERVILLE: “A Bumper Crop of Fun” can be found at the Walterville Community Fair on Saturday, September 6th, between 7 a.m.

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