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Bull trout reintroduction in Clackamas River subject of presentation on Jan. 11 in Portland

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Fish biologists Chris Allen (left) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Patrick Barry (right) of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife release an adult bull trout into the Clackamas River in an effort to re-establish the fish which have been gone from the basin since the 1960s. Allen and Barry will talk about this project at a lecture on Jan. 11 hosted by the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation.
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Dec. 14, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation invites you to learn about the historic 2011 bull trout reintroduction in the Clackamas River through a free lecture by biologists Patrick Barry of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Chris Allen of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The presentation will take place on Wed. Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl District.

In Oregon, bull trout were once widely distributed throughout the Willamette River basin but disappeared from the Clackamas River and its tributaries in the 1960s. Populations got so slim that in 1999, the species was listed for protection under the Federal Endangered Species Act. About seven years ago, a number of partners, including the USFWS, ODFW, U.S. Forest Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and Portland General Electric got together and began discussing a bull trout reintroduction plan. This summer, bull trout were released into the upper reaches of the Clackamas River. During the lecture, you will learn about the planning, the reintroduction and the prognosis for bull trout in the region.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Register online at the Foundation’s website, www.owhf.org/discoveringwildlife.

For more information or questions, contact the Foundation at (503) 255-6059. The talk will be held at the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center of the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl District, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland.

Other topics in the 2011-12 Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series tentatively include native turtles, invasive aquatic and terrestrial species, Pacific lamprey and burrowing owls.

The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation supports projects to protect, restore and provide access to Oregon’s wildlife and outdoor resources.  Since its founding, Oregon Wildlife has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish, wildlife and habitat projects throughout Oregon. Oregon Wildlife and ODFW are working together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats.

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Contact:

Tim Greseth, OWHF executive director, (503) 255-6059
Meg Kenagy, ODFW Conservation Communications coordinator, (503) 947-6021

 
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