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Page 12 :h, i,,, ra - December 5, 2012 Steelhead Guide released as fish enter coastal streams With the first winter steelhead of the season beginning to arrive at some coastal rivers, the Oregon De- partment of Fish and Wildlife Mon- day released its 2013 Winter Steel- head Guide. The guide offers novice steel- head anglers an overview of where and when to fish during the upcom- ing winter steelhead season. For more experienced anglers, the guide also includes updates on access and regulations, and lists other changes that could affect fishing. Anglers will find the guide on ODFW's website at http://www. dfw.state.or.us/RR/steelhead_guide/ index.asp, or through a link on the Salmon and Steelhead page. Speaking of fishing, the regular monthly meeting of the Mid Valley Chapter of the northwest Steelhead- ers will be held at 7 p.m. Wednes- day, Dec. 5, at the Senior Center in Albany, 489 Water Ave. NW. Eric Hartstein, executive di- rector of the South Santiam Water- shed Council will talk about coun- cil activities concerning streams in the mid-Willamette valley. Also, Norm Ritchie, past president of the Steelheaders, will speak of the importance of bait fish to the salmon and steelhead fishery. The public is cordially invited to attend. 'OU WITHIINSURANCE CLAIMS, Still more on fishing: The Or- egon Department of Fish and Wild- life kicks off its annual brood trout stocking program, releasing rainbow trout weighing from 7-12 pounds at several locations around tile Wil- lamette Valley. The large fish are produced as part of ODFW's brood trout pro- gram at Roaring River hatchery near Scio. Brood trout are 3- and 4-yefir- old trout used to produce the eggs necessary to sustain the hatchery program. Although trout can continue to produce eggs for many years, at age 4 they reach what hatchery man- agers consider the point of dimin- ishing returns, according to Luke Allen, manager of Roaring River hatchery. So these are removed from the hatchery system and taken to local fishing holes to make room for the next generation of brood stock. This year brood trout are being released at 10 locations'across the Willamette Valley, including Junc- tion City Pond near Eugene and Timber Linn and Waverly lakes in Albany. Some have already been stocked and the remainder will receive fish next week and periodically during the next four to six weeks. Many of the brood trout exceed 20 inches, which means the daily bag limit on these fish is one per day under Or- egon sport fishing regulations. Future stockings depend on the availability of brood stock, accord- ing to Farrand, who explained that these fish aren't available for release until after they've spawned. Additional stockings will be an- nounced in ODFW's weekly recre- ation report, which is posted on-line on Wednesday mornings at www. dfw.state.or.us/RR/willamette. For detailed directions to the release sites, anglers are encouraged to visit the agency's on-line trout stocking map, which can be accessed at hap:// www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fish- ing/trout_stocking__schedules. Just a reminder: If you've gone hunting this year, you must com- plete a hunter harvest survey for each deer, elk, pronghorn, cougar, bear and turkey tag purchased-- even if you weren't successful or didn't go hunting. Report online at www.report- myhunt.com (or at ODFW's website under Hunting) or call 1-866947- 6339. Hunters who fail to report 2012 deer and elk tags by the deadline (Jan. 31, 2013 for most hunts) will be fined $25 when they purchase a 2014 hunting license. Trapping seasons are getting under way and this year, there are some new regulations meant to pro- tect pets. Beginning this season, traps and snares on state and federal lands may not be set within 50 feet of any public trail or within 300 feet of any trailhead, public campground or pic- nic area. Also, killing trap with a jaw spread between 7.5 and 9 inches set on public land cannot be placed more than 50 feet from a permanent or sea- sonal water source. Dog-owners are advised to con- sider taking the. following steps to help keep their pets safe: Keep your dog on a leash. Or, keep your dog in sight and under voice command--don't let it wander off, especially out of sight. Remember lures and baits used by trappers can attract dogs too (another reason to keep your dog Un- der your control). Be mindful of where and when trapping activities may oc- cur-on public lands and on private lands by permission. Most trapping seasons and activities occur during the winter because pelts are in prime condition at this time. 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The northern spotted owl re- covery plan's stated goals are to protect the best of the spotted owl's remaining habitat, revitalize forest ecosystems through active man- agement and reduce competition from the barred owl. At the same time, forestry of- ficials have increasingly sought ways to thin the overgrown wood- lands and find economically and environmentally viable ways to restore some of the revenue flow to their agencies and communities that border the forests, which has been cut off by the owl-related re- strictions. Paul Henson, state supervisor of the Fish and Wildlife Service's Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, noted that "lands designated as crit- ical habitat are not a reserve in the traditional sense. In many places, they should be actively managed to benefit spotted owls or meet other important conservation goals.'; U.S. Forest Service spokes- woman Jennifer Velez said her agency is trying to determine how "Quality is the Difference" 1997 Ford F350 Crew Cab Long Bed 4x4 7.3 Powerstroke Nice lruek Rare hard to find a truck like this that hasD't been abused or modred. Stock#8495 $15,995 3195 S. SANTIAM HWY, LEBANON, OR 9755 I 541-258-2175 I (DLR It 31021 HOURS ARE MONDAY THROU6H FRIDAY 8-6, SAT 9-6, SUN 9-5. CROCKERSCARS.COM the new rules will affect its opera- tions. "We anticipate that it will have an impact on our timber program, but until we can fully apply the rules, we can't say what those im- pacts will be," she said. "We want to maintain forest restoration goals while protecting critical habitat." A Fish and Wildlife statement noted that critical habitat designa- tion only affects federal actions in designated areas and doesn't provide additional protection on non-federal lands unless proposed activities involve federal funding or permitting. "Improved forest health is im- portant for recovery of the northern spotted owl," said Kent Connaugh- ton, Regional Forester for the USFS Pacific Northwest Region. "We are actively managing National Forest lands to create more resilient eco- systems, improve wildlife habitat, and benefit communities." Jerome Perez, Oregon/Wash- ington state director for BLM, said his agency has worked" with Fish and Wildlife "to try to find the sweet spot - for the required conservation of the northern spot ted ow[and recognizing the impor- tance of BLM lands to the social fabric of western Oregon. "This rule is a direct result of those interactions," he said. Glick, who has been a vocal proponent of finding viable ways to utilize forest resources, said that various categorizations within "es- sentially the whole forest" will al- low for more timber output in some areas than others. "We're a government agency," she said. "We're going to comply with the other government agen- cies and help out the owls as much as we can."