March 22, 2012
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee will meet in Reedsport on Friday, April 13, 2012.
The committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Umpqua Discovery Center located at 409 Riverfront Way in Reedsport. The agenda includes reports on STEP activities and projects, program updates and review of mini-grant applications. The meeting is open to the public.
The Committee also will review a proposal to renew the Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay STEP propagation program. Any STEP project that rears fish for release (including egg incubation) must be approved by ODFW. Part of the approval process includes public input and review by the Advisory Committee.
The proposals are available for public review on the ODFW website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/STEP/ and members of the public will be able to comment on the proposals at the meeting or in writing. Written comments are due by April 9.
The Oregon Legislature created STEP in 1981 to provide a way for volunteers to participate in the restoration of native stocks of salmon, steelhead and trout. Since then, thousands of volunteers have donated money, materials, equipment and countless hours of labor to improving Oregon fisheries.
The STEP Advisory Committee makes recommendations to ODFW and the Fish and Wildlife Commission on issues regarding its programs. The committee’s 13 members are appointed by the Governor and represent all areas of Oregon.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the Information and Education Division at (800) 720-6339 or (503) 947-6002 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
For more information on the Salmon Trout Enhancement Program visit the ODFW Web site at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/STEP/ or call program staff at (503) 947-6211.